Not in the clamor of the crowded street, not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng, but in ourselves, are triumph and defeat.--Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Friday, December 10, 2004

Crowd at Ludacris charity appearance gets out of control

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A charity appearance by rap artist Ludacris at Montgomery Mall had to be stopped shortly after it began Thursday evening when the crowd became uncontrollable.

Ludacris donated $300 in toys to the WZHT Hot 105/Magic 97 13th annual Children of Christmas Campaign and was signing autographs and posing for pictures at the mall's newly-opened store Citi Gear.

Though scheduled for 2 hours, he was asked to leave by police after about 20 minutes when security could not control the crowd after two small fights broke out. Hundreds of people had been waiting for more than 30 minutes for the rapper to arrive, though exact crowd figures were not immediately available.

"I would have liked to stay, but I understand I was part of the problem," said Ludacris, a College Park, Ga., native. [...]

"They clearly weren't prepared for this or had no idea how big an artist he was," said Tiffany Jones, of Montgomery, who had brought her two children to see the rapper. "Security was inadequate, and it was an unsafe environment."

Well, it's a pretty sad deal when you can't go see your favorite rapper, but as far as crowd control, I'm not sure how big a star this Ludacris fellow is, but I find it hard to believe something like this would have happened at a Johnny Mathis gig.

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