Fans crushed and four arrested as the US-based prankster’s meetup turned into a stampete.
Police shut down Adam’s Essex meet and greet as allegedly 1000 fans crowded around a Costa Coffee in Ilford, East London. Adam who planned on promoting the release of his single, All You Can Handle, has been accused of deliberately instigating the “crush” as members of his team were arrested at the scene for “provoking the crowd.”
— Yasmin Alsaady❤️ (@YasminAlsaady) September 30, 2017
The meet and greet was planned for 4pm, however the “dangerous size” of crowd resulted with the police intervening at the event at around 3.50pm. The amount of fans was deemed too dangerous for the small venue, and officers attempted to disperse the groups soon after.
The Metropolitan Police warned potential attendees to avoid the area on Twitter:
@omgAdamSaleh Costa have now closed at Ilford as injuries caused to fans being crushed Public are to avoid the area.
— Redbridge MPS (@MPSRedbridge) September 30, 2017
Sixty officers with several dogs arrived at around 4:10pm in an attempt to disperse the crowd. However, Adam was reportedly seen driving past the crowd of fans, agitating them by waving and driving at walking pace. Hundreds of fans were then seen running after the car. Fortunately, no casualties were confirmed resulting from the crowd running onto a public road after the vehicle.
Metropolitan police report the arrest of four men, who were taken to an East London police station for agitating the crowd from a car. The statement from the Metropolitan Police reports on one of these arrests, “A man was arrested near to the scene in order to prevent a breach of the peace. He was de-arrested a short time later once he had left the location.”
The police confirmed it was Adam Saleh when the car was finally cornered by police. At the request of Adam, he and another man were driven away in a police car away from the location.
Despite Adam being escorted away by the police and the explicit instructions and warnings from the police, the other three occupants of Adam’s car “continued to drive in the area and provoke the gathered crowd.” The police stopped the car once again at 6.10pm and “and the three males were arrested in order to prevent a breach of the peace. They have been taken to an East London police station where they remain at this time.”
— Cristina (@CristinaXO_LJoy) September 30, 2017
Adam gave his view of the day in a twitter thread. “Even after my management got a final warning, I couldn’t just NOT show up. So, I came and said hiii.”
Even after my management got a final warning, I couldn't just NOT show up. So, I came and said hiii and …
— Adam Saleh (@omgAdamSaleh) September 30, 2017
He also explains on Twitter how he believes it was supposed to be a peaceful gathering and blames the violence on “some who weren’t listening, and were doing what ever they want.”
This chaotic meet and greet was far from the first time the American prankster has made headlines. Earlier this year he has been accused of exploiting the vulnerable in a homeless prank. In 2016 he released a video where he is allegedly removed from a Delta flight for merely speaking in Arabic. It was later revealed, however, Adam was in fact removed from the flight for shouting profanties in Arabic across the plane. Only days later, Adam made headlines once again as Tigerair denounced a stunt where he claims to have smuggled himself in a suitcase on a Tigerair flight.
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