Will Anyone Face Charges for Electric Daisy Movie Melee?
When it comes to Wednesday night's near-riot on the streets of Hollywood in conjunction with the premiere screening of the Electric Daisy film and a botched "block party," authorities may opt to zero in on someone to blame, and that could involve criminal or civil charges. The City Attorney's office is working with the Los Angeles Police Department to determine if the organizers--or anyone else--is culpable, reports the L.A. Times.
Many are looking to point the finger at DJ Kaskade, nee Ryan Raddon, who took to Twitter during the day ahead of his scheduled appearance at an afterparty at Supperclub LA to promote the event and urge attendance.
Raddon's "ME+BIG SPEAKERS+MUSIC=BLOCK PARTY!!!" has become the Tweet heard 'round the world; Raddon managed to compel over three thousand people, many thought to be among his over 90,000 followers on the social media site, to show up outside the screening venue, Grauman's Chinese Theatre, however there had been no plan in place to accommodate that level of public participation.
The crowd became unruly, and fights broke out, fires were set, and bottles were thrown. Three people were arrested for felony vandalism.
Raddon has come forward after the fact only through a statement released and a spokesperson. "It's unfortunate that a few disrespectful people turned what was supposed to be a celebration of music into a regrettable event," he said via statement. "He just wanted to do something for the fans," said Alastair Duncan, a spokesman for the DJ, according to the Associated Press.
Supperclub LA's general manager calls what Raddon did "a marvelous stunt that went terribly wrong."
The Los Angeles Fire Department say they knew that Raddon was due to participate in the afterparty, and that his act involved him rolling up to the venue with amplification equipment set up in the back of his flatbed truck, playing two songs, and then going in to the party. A 30-minute lane closure was arranged and a permit was in place.
This turned into the "block party" Raddon imagined when the spectacle drew a continuously growing crowd that some estimate to have been about 3,000 people strong.
The screening and the afterparty went on privately without a hitch.
The Electric Daisy promoter, Insomniac, Inc., distanced themselves right away from the mess Raddon is thought to have inspired. However, once officials "tally the costs of responding to the incident as well as any destruction to property," notes the Times, "the city could ask the organizers to cover those costs."