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Bribed security caused canceled Petty show?

Fans allege that the people charged with safety caused the overcrowded conditions

By Mark C. Brown Jun 12, 2013 4:35PM
Petty theft?Tom Petty's fans were furious when fire marshals shut down his intimate show at a small Los Angeles theater over the weekend due to overcrowding. But according to the L.A. Weekly, neither the band nor the authorities were to blame.

The magazine has had rampant reports of security at the venue taking cash bribes to let extra fans into the super-sold-out show.

While there are only allegations so far (and the theater isn't commenting), the Weekly has on-the-record statements from patrons saying that they witnessed the bribery of the very people who were supposed to make sure no unauthorized persons got in - for obvious reasons, both safety and ethical. Eighty bucks got you in the door, the magazine said.

A perplexed and pissed Petty, who knew the show had not been oversold, promised all fans a refund out of his own pocket -- a classy thing to do given the band did nothing wrong. But the the Weekly's allegations are true, watch for a whole lot of trouble and firings coming out of this.