Dj Evian Christ Has Launched A Furious Broadside Against Organisers Of Britain's Reading And Leeds Festival Over His Lockup Incident, And Branded Boss Melvin Benn "A Top-class D**Khead" For Insisting He Was Too Intoxicated To Identify Himself.
The dance music star sparked an online 'Free Evian' campaign after he told fans he had been locked in a cage backstage at the Leeds leg of the event on Friday (28Aug15) because security staff thought he was a gatecrasher.
On Sunday (30Aug15), festival boss Benn alleged Evian - who pulled out of his Saturday (29Aug15) set at the Reading leg in the wake of the incident - had been found "in a not very good state in the woods" and was not "able or willing" to identify himself.
However, the DJ has now hit back, accusing a security guard of taking his pass so he was unable to prove his identity, and alleging he was even threatened with arrest.
In a statement posted on Facebook.com, he writes, "I am informed that I will remain detained in the cage indefinitely until I can prove beyond doubt that I am not trying to 'break into the festival'. I remind security/police they have removed the pass which I was presumably given for this explicit reason... I ask them to identify me photographically by googling by name, which I think is a good idea, but they have no interest in any potential solution...
"Over an hour afterwards I was set free by a 'more senior' member of the security staff who seemed as bemused as me by the situation. I asked for an apology and was not given one... if the festival had emailed me a simple apology I would actually have happily played Reading...
"Last night, however, festival owner Melvin Benn found a moment in his busy schedule of being an a (sic) top-class d**khead to claim via the NME that I was 'intoxicated and refusing to identify myself'. Even if that were true (it isn't), there's likely a better way to deal with that situation than to physically detain someone who isn't actually legally under arrest for anything. So I'm sorry Melv, you weren't there mate, I was. I'd had a few drinks as I always do at a show (your festival provided them) but I was fine and your security staff removed the only form of identification given to me after I provided them with it. Those in glass houses shouldn't throw stones at a DJ they locked in a cage."