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Man charged in disturbance at rave movie premiere in Hollywood

August 11, 2011 | 11:54 am

Noel Buller from Los Angeles, stood on his skateboard in the middle of Hollywood Boulevard holding up a peace sign while LAPD worked to clear the street of a crowd along Hollywood Boulevard.

City prosecutors charged a Los Angeles man with a misdemeanor for failing to heed police orders to disperse as hundreds of people converged on Hollywood last month during the premiere of a documentary on the Electric Daisy Carnival.

Noel Stephen Buller, who is on probation after an April conviction of defrauding an innkeeper, now faces one count of remaining at the scene of a riot, said Frank Mateljan, spokesman for the Los Angeles city attorney's office.

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Buller is the first person charged in connection with the disturbance and faces a maximum jail sentence of up to six months in jail and/or a $1,000 fine if convicted. He is scheduled to appear in court August 18 for arraignment.

On July 27, hundreds of people converged in Hollywood for the premiere of a dance music documentary about the Electric Daisy Carnival. Many may have been responding to a tweet by a popular DJ known as Kaskade, who encouraged fans to join him for a "block party," police and organizers said.

Although dozens of fans were detained –- and some threw bottles and other objects -– police made several arrests including, Buller among them.

City prosecutors allege that Buller was seen "yelling at police officers and agitating others in the crowd." He was arrested after he "refused to comply with commands to disperse," Mateljan said.


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-- Andrew Blankstein

Photo: Noel Buller flashes a peace sign at officers during a disturbance in Hollywood in August. Buller has been charged with one count of remaining at the scene of a riot. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times