Posted on 15 August 2010.
Reality show celebrity Tila Tequila made headlines (again) after being attacked at a concert event in Illinois that highlights horrorcore rap icons Insane Clown Posse. Â At the 11th Annual Gathering of the Juggalos, Tila Tequila told TMZ that the fans were “trying to kill” her. Â And unlike some of her more histrionic attempts to grab media attention, this time she has the Sheriff of Hardin County (where the Gathering of the Juggalos took place) to back her up (to some extent).
Tila Tequila, famous for her over-the-top drama and non-stop Twitter postings, told TMZ Saturday how she had not even made it to the stage (she had been invited to appear as part of “Ladies Night” with Lil Kim) when she was attacked with rocks, bottles, and even human feces from the nearby port-o-potties. Â TMZ posted photos of Tequila taken in the aftermath of the attack that showed her with a cut face, abrasions to her side and stomach, and brusing on her legs.
Hardin County Sheriff Tom Seiner said “things got out of hand” at the annual event. Â Police had responded to calls of a stabbing and when they arrived, the crowd began to yell obscenities at them as they attempted to make an arrest and get the injured individual to safety. Â He told a local television station, WSIL TV, that concert security had to guard the police vehicles while law enforcement went into the campgrounds to get control of the situation. Â The victim was taken to a nearby hospital (and was later listed in stable condition). Â The perpetrator was a 49-year-old man from Georgia. Â He was arrested and charged with aggravated battery with a weapon.
Police were at the scene when the crowd turned on Tila Tequila. Â According to her, she and her bodyguard and a couple of members of security quickly barricaded themselves in a trailor, which was immediately attacked by the incensed Juggalos. The men grabbed a table and chairs and covered broken windows, desperately trying to keep the mob away.
It is unknown how Tila Tequila and her escorts got away. Â She told TMZ that she got stitches at an Illinois hospital before returning to Los Angeles and making a second trip to the doctor’s at Cedars-Sinai.
Seiner would not comment on the details of what occurred, noting that it was an ongoing investigation.
Sheriff Tom Seiner said the Gathering of the Juggalos is a “nightmare” and that the event gets rowdier and more violent each year. Â He told TMZ he would rather it not return for a 12th season.
Despite the violence at this year’s event, members of the so-called “Juggalos,” followers of the horrorcore rap duo Insane Clown Posse and Psychopathic Records artists (horrorcore genre) in general, claim that they are predominantly peaceful. Â They maintain that, despite openly aggressive, gory, and violent lyrics, “the family” is about support and the music is about catharsis.
Be that as it may, the “peaceful” Juggalos are considered a gang in the states of Arizona and Utah and several other legal jurisdictions throughout the United States. Â In the state of Wisconsin, their Justice Department lists Insane Clown Posse itself as a security threat.
Tila Tequila told TMZ Sunday that she was going to sue the promoters of the Gathering of the Juggalos. Â It looks as if she might have a case.