Singer and television personality Tila Tequila was attacked with rocks, broken glass and fireworks while performing at the Gathering of the Juggalos music festival in Cave-in-Rock, Ilinois.
Tequila recounted the incident to celebrity website TMZ. “I went onstage and immediately, before I even got on stage, DUDES were throwing HUGE STONE ROCKS in my face, beer bottles that slit my eye open, almost burnt my hair on fire cuz (sic) they threw firecrackers on stage,” she wrote.
Entertainment website TMZ posted photos of the star with cuts on her face and welts on her torso.
Tequila said audience members also hurled waste from the festival's portable toilets at her.
When Tequila left the stage with her bodyguard and other security personnel, she said a large crowd of people followed them to her trailer, surrounded it and broke the trailer’s windows.
Police confirmed that they responded to the scene but were not able to provide any details.
The Gathering of the Juggalos is an annual music and wrestling festival organised by the Michigan rap group Insane Clown Posse. Devotees of the band are known as Juggalos, and often wear clown makeup in imitation of members Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope.
The band briefly entered national consciousness earlier this year when the video for their song "Miracles" became a viral phenomenon and was parodied on "Saturday Night Live."
Juggalos have been classified as a gang in at least four US states, though fans claim Juggalos are a “family” and not involved in organised gang activity.
The incident has again but festival security in spot light. Just last week, rapper M.I.A’s set was cut short after 200 people rushed the stage, causing concerns that members of the crowd would be crushed.
Tween-singer Justin Bieber was also the subject of potentially lax security. He was hit in the face mid-song by a water bottle hurled on stage by a fan earlier this month. Bieber was unscathed by the incident.
Check out the November issue of Sound & Stage magazine for an in-depth look at event safety and security.