ATLANTIC CITY - Police arrested one man Monday morning when an overwhelming and out-of-control crowd forced Harrah's Resort to close its various nightclubs July 5 and cancel a concert the next day.
Officers and security guards escorted as many as 1,800 guests out of the casino's massive venue The Pool after a rowdy line of an estimated 500 people tried to force their way in about 12:30 a.m., city police said.
Celebrity hip-hop artist Sean "Diddy" Combs was scheduled to appear at the club with several other celebrities including boxer Floyd Mayweather and rapper Busta Rhymes, but he did not arrive before management shut it down around 1 a.m.
Police arrested Tarik A. Cole, 25, of Neptune Township, Monmouth County, when he refused to leave and started to fight with officers. He was charged with obstructing the administration of law and resisting arrest.
Monday's concert, a show with more than a dozen DJs headlined by electronic music artist deadmau5, was scheduled for 1 to 4 p.m. Harrah's spokeswoman Jennifer Weissman said they canceled the show to avoid any more problems.
A spokesman for the company that partly organized Sunday's and Monday's events, AK Promotions, declined comment on the situation Monday.
Weissman said there no serious injuries reported because of the incident, which required the shutdown of all the casino's bars in order for authorities to disperse the crowd of people. Casino officials decided to close even bars not connected with The Pool to prevent the unruly customers flooding other parts of the casino.
Numerous officers and the county fire marshal were on the scene Sunday night. Weissman said that despite management not allowing people to enter, the city's biggest nightclub did not reach its 2,500 person capacity.
"The volumes of people that showed up to gain entrance to the club who did not pre-purchase tickets made the waiting area congested," Weissman said in an e-mail. "At the point that the congestion became too heavy, the decision was made to close The Pool and to disperse the customers."
The club would have otherwise closed Sunday night at 4 a.m. It will be open as usual on Wednesday. There was no reported property damage Sunday night either.
The casino started providing refunds for both events Monday morning, when all the clubs were reopened. A statement directed ticket-buyers to the Red Door Spa in the resort, wanttickets.com, ticketmaster.com and 212-921-2100.
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