Fans turned away at Electric Daisy film throw bottles, other objects
This post has been corrected. See below.
Los Angeles police were responding in force to several hundred people throwing bottles and other objects Wednesday evening outside the premiere of the film version of a rave at Grauman's Chinese Theatre.
“We are trying to disperse the crowd right now,” said Officer Karen Rayner, a spokeswoman for the LAPD, about 7:30 p.m. “We have requested additional resources.”
There were no reports of injuries or property damage, Rayner said. But witnesses were reporting beer bottles being thrown and smashing on the street.
The film is about the Electric Daisy Carnival techno music festival, which features DJs and acrobats and is attended by tens of thousands of people. It became highly controversial after a 15-year-old girl died of a drug overdose at the two-day event held in June 2010 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and Exposition Park.
The premiere of the film of the event has been promoted for weeks, with the promise of an after-party at a club nearby. But Wednesday’s event was by invitation only, said LAPD Cmdr. Andy Smith. When news of the premiere went out on the Internet, others who were not invited tried to crash the event.
The disturbance began when those fans were turned away by security, Smith said.
The film was being shown as scheduled.
-- Sam Quinones
Photo: Police in riot gear respond to the disturbance outside the Electric Daisy film premiere. Credit: Jay Clendenin / Los Angeles Times
[For the record, 9:09 p.m.: A previous version of this post incorrectly said Electric Daisy was held in July 2010. It also incorrectly gave LAPD Cmdr. Andy Smith's rank as captain.]