A 24-year-old male fan claims he was assaulted onstage Saturday during the Seattle-area stop of the How the West Was One Tour.
Richard Monroe told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer that he jumped onstage to dance — claiming he had been encouraged to do so by the rappers — during Snoop’s hit “Gin and Juice” when a large group of people, including Snoop, began to hit and kick him repeatedly. He alleges that he also had alcohol poured on him while his diamond studs were ripped from his earlobes, and his watch, cell phone and wallet were stolen.
According to the report, eyewitnesses had varying accounts of what took place. Some onlookers claimed they saw a man rush the rappers from backstage before the fight broke out; another said that Game and the opening act, Oowee, also took part in the scuffle.
Administrators at the White River Amphitheatre in Auburn, Washington, where the show took place, confirmed that a fan had approached the stage unexpectedly and had to be removed. “Apparently there was a gentleman onstage who was not part of the band who crept up behind Snoop and tried to put his arm around him, and at that time, Snoop’s personal bodyguards intervened and carried him off the stage,” Susan Almore, one of the amphitheater’s representatives, told MTV News.
“The safety and security of our artists and our patrons is very important to us,” Lance Miller, the amphitheater’s executive director, said in a statement. “We fully support the local authorities in their investigation of this incident.”
After the altercation took place, Monroe was taken to a nearby medical center where he was treated for bruised ribs, a broken nose and a bruised lip.
Meredith O’Sullivan, Snoop’s publicist, told MTV News that “any person who jumps onstage at a concert has to be interpreted as a security threat and an immediate risk to both the performers onstage as well as the fans in the audience. Once a breach of security has been made, authorities are forced to take the proper measures to ensure safety.”
The show was one of the final dates of the tour’s 31-date North American leg, which kicked off April 15 in Salt Lake City. Meanwhile, Snoop’s June 3 show in Hartford, Connecticut, has been canceled, according to Ticketmaster.