'Project P' rave over the weekend may be the second of many
by DANA CHICKLAS
MECOSTA COUNTY, Mich. – More details are surfacing that piece together the timeline and aftermath of the 2,000-person-plus rave party at a home on 70th Avenue in Hinton Township.
Mecosta County Sheriff Todd Purcell told FOX 17 that the investigation is ongoing as far as charges being filed.
Sheriff Purcell said several people may face charges including: the party organizers, including James Taylor, 20, who is the son of the homeowner of the house where the rave was hosted; the homeowner; the suspect who allegedly sexually assaulted a 19-year-old woman; and several people who were taken to the hospital for possible drug overdose. Purcell added that Taylor will likely face civil rather than criminal charges.
But the rave's host, James Taylor, who turned 21 on Monday, told FOX 17 it's not his fault.
"I didn't force anything down anybody's throat," said Taylor. "I didn't make anybody stay here until 7 A.M. or 11, or whenever it was that everybody left. I didn't make this kid pass out on my floor."
Saturday night's rave coined the name and hashtag #ProjectP -- it was a scene that many partygoers and Taylor said was a birthday party for their friend Danny, modeled after the movie, 'Project X.'
Party organizers booked bands and DJ's in advance, like the group called Strap Back, who told FOX 17 they drove from Topeka, Kansas to perform. DJ Shane Harris of Strap Back said they were paid, but felt the disorganization caused a dangerous environment.
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