Horror-rap duo Insane Clown Posse and members of rapper B-Real's side-project, Psycho Realm, were arrested and charged with battery in the early morning hours of Jan. 30 after a fight in the parking lot of an all-night coffee shop in Greenfield, Ind.
ICP's Joseph Ulster, 23, a.k.a. Shaggy 2 Dope, and Joseph Bruce, 25, a.k.a. Violent J, were arrested for battery and taken to the Hancock County Jail after the scuffle outside of the Waffle House, according to a press release issued by the Greenfield Police Department.
Also arrested and charged with battery were Psycho Realm rappers 22-year-old Jack Gonzalez and 26-year-old Gustavo Gonzalez, as well as six other members of ICP's touring entourage. Cypress Hill's B-Real was not on tour with Psycho Realm at the time of the alleged incident, which occurred after a gig at the Egyptian Room in Indianapolis.
"We're very confident that this is nothing more than self-defense and that all charges will be dropped," ICP tour manager Alex Abbiss said.
The arrest marked the second Midwest mishap in the last 10 days for ICP, the clown-makeup wearing rap team that first gained notoriety last year when the Disney-owned Hollywood Records yanked their record, The Great Milenko, from shelves, six hours after it had gone on sale. On Jan. 22, the ICP tour bus was involved in an accident that left Violent J with a concussion and caused the band to postpone two Cleveland shows.
Police said the brawl at the Waffle House began when 18-year-old Douglas Jordan allegedly made offensive comments to members of ICP and their entourage, who allegedly then responded by hitting and kicking Jordan.
Jordan was later treated for minor injuries at Hancock Memorial Hospital and then arrested and charged with illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor, police said. -- Colin Devenish [Fri., Jan. 30, 1998, 7 p.m. PST]