ICP's Official Statement on Tila Tequila Attack: "Juggalo Gathering, LLC and Insane Clown Posse are not responsible"
|Christopher Victorio/OC Weekly|
|Nyeah nyeah Tila Tequila!|
Although what happened to Tila Tequila at the 11th Annual Gathering of the Juggalos is extremely unfortunate, Juggalo Gathering, LLC and Insane Clown Posse are not responsible. Ms. Tequila was made aware, in advance, of her unpopularity with many Juggalos at the Gathering, but she insisted on performing.
She was even paid in full before her performance, and was told that she did not have to perform, but if she did decide to perform, she could leave the stage the minute that she felt uncomfortable. Gathering's head of security told her that it was unsafe to go on stage, and recommended that she leave the Gathering grounds. Despite warnings and already being paid without being required to perform, Ms. Tequila made the decision to go onto the stage and perform. As soon as her show started the crowd began to boo heavily and throw garbage. It was immediately obvious that she was not welcome. Her injuries were only sustained because of her refusal to leave the stage. After several minutes, she even removed her top, exposing herself, which seemed to mock and further antagonize the crowd. Finally, Gathering security pulled her off of the stage. Soon after, she was escorted to her car, and was driven safely off of the Gathering grounds.
Tila Tequila (real name: Tila Nguyen) filed a complaint with law enforcement officials in Hardin County, Ill., where the festival was held. After audience members pelted her with feces, rocks, glass, eggs and a toy doll (among other things), she said she required stitches.