Barbados born singer Rihanna was mobbed by crowds of fans in London following the launch of her new fragrance Reb’l Fleur.
Inside accreditation to this event was severely restricted not even Caribbean press were given access. The knock on affect meant that teams of snappers had been dispatched across London scouring hotels for Rihanna’s whereabouts. By 11.am Rihanna’s hotel location, driver details and itinerary were common knowledge.
Rihanna had ordered a takeaway meal at a nearby Caribbean restaurant but it is believed that with so many people following her car the meal was cancelled.
An agency photographer who was accredited said: “There was only fifteen of us inside and room for a few more. If they had let more photographers into the department store we would not have witnessed the chaotic scrum that followed.”
Another eyewitness said: “It was complete chaos. Rihanna went on a walkabout and was mobbed by hundreds of fans and snappers who jumped the barricades. If the security had listened to the pap’s none of this would have happened.”
An agency photographer said: “We had planned for press to be on one side and fans to be on another side simply for the safety of Rihanna’s fans. We all saw what happened in Oxford Street earlier this year when fans of Pixie Lott got crushed some of which suffered broken bones, and none of us wanted that.”
The security then rounded on one photographer and accused him of making up the rules, he said: “If the fans want to stay in this enclosure it’s down to them and not you.” This response totally inflamed the situation and the gloves came off.
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