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There are multiple reports about a fight last night at a sold-out concert at Webster Hall featuring rappers Nate "Skate" Maloley and Derek Luh, fans and security.
Much of the reporting seems to be based on accounts posted on Twitter, where the incident became a trending event.
According to one report, Luh lunged at a security guard ... then "was dragged off stage and security began shouting at fans to go home, leading to outrage among the fans near the stage. Some of them also got into altercations with security guards, leading Nate to step in and 'defend his fans.'"
There are accusations that the security guards used a taser on a concertgoer.
According to Maloley, he was midway through his set when he noticed that the security in front of the stage were assaulting a group of fans and decided to intervene on their behalf. Maloley, as you can see on the video below, reached down toward one of the security personnel after allegedly catching him using a taser on a fan close to the stage and was overwhelmed by the security force as the crowd watched on in horror.
Sad a sold out show had to end like that. It's love for my family and my fans to the death. We ride together. One love.— Skate (@skatemaloley) February 21, 2016
CBS 2 talked to two fans who were at the show.
“He grabbed like security like off of a fan, and that’s when he got like stomped to the ground,” one woman said.
“They picked him up and threw him on the ground and starting kicking him,” the other said.
A police source told CBS 2 that there weren't any assault complaints, arrests or charges filed. It wasn't clear if there were any injuries.
The Mirror published the following sentence: "The event echoes the famous Rolling Stones Altamont tragedy in which a riot erupted among fans and the Hell's Angels."
Webster Hall posted the following message on their Tumblr:
Saturday’s incident is being fully investigated, as there are misreports about what took place. Webster Hall’s staff do NOT carry tasers and are not armed. They carry strobe flashlights. The safety of all guests is always our primary focus.
Meanwhile, fans of the rappers created an online petition to shut down Webster Hall. Per the petition: "Webster hall is disgusting after tonight 2-20-2016 they no longer deserve to be in business they had no right to race those people and assault skate, Derek and the others. It was all unnecessary [sic] and something needs to be done about it."
As of 8:30 p.m., there were 4,176 signatures.