West Hollywood, California (Thursday, September 4, 2008) – An “explosive situation” shut down the Sunset Strip for several hours early this morning as West Hollywood Sheriffs, Beverly Hills and Los Angeles police put down a classic bar brawl.
Sheriff Sgt. Chris Tater told WeHo News that several fights broke at around 11:30 pm at the House of Blues during a performance by the hip-hop band Three 6 Mafia.
“Private security was involved in several fights inside the club and requested our help to clear the club,” said Sgt. Tater.
Three men were arrested and one woman was injured in the melee; no law officers were hurt.
According to Sgt. Tater, the crowd refused to disburse, with several fights going on at once inside the club, requiring West Hollywood Sheriffs to call for back up from other agencies.
Beverly Hills Police, LAPD and additional officers from the County Sheriff’s Lennox Station came to assist.
Sgt. Tater said between 60 and 70 officers were on the scene to make and keep peace.
“We created a skirmish line around the club and redirected Sunset Boulevard traffic south to Fountain Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard,” Sgt. Tater said.
“It was an explosive situation, with several fights going on simultaneously,” he said, “We had to send deputies into the club to make sure people were safe afterward.”
In all, he said, the fracas took several hours to clear up. “It took at least until 4 o’clock.”
The men were arrested on outstanding warrants, mutual battery and drunkenness.
No identities were released.
The unidentified injured woman was hospitalized for a leg injury.
No other injuries were reported, although accounts have several people leaving the scene bearing bruises, abrasions and contusions.
Mayor Jeffrey Prang issued a statement late Thursday morning that read:
“The altercation that took place between patrons of a performance at the House of Blues late Wednesday evening was immediately responded to by the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station and the crowd was dispersed with minimal incident.
“City of West Hollywood officials will be meeting immediately with the House of Blues Management to ensure they work aggressively to prevent these types of incidents in the future. The City will do everything possible to ensure that our residents and visitors are always safe.”
Three 6 Mafia won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for its 2005 “It’s Hard out Here for a Pimp” from the soundtrack of “Hustle & Flow.”