‘Super Hectic’ LA Event for Rapper Phora Leaves Several Injured

Paramedics are shown at a promotional event for rapper Phora. (Credit: Twitter/ABC7)

A promotional event Monday night in Hollywood for up-and-coming rapper Phora spiraled out of control, leaving at least ten people injured, according to published reports.

Video posted on social media showed a massive crowd gathered outside Shoe Palace at the Hollywood & Highland complex for a chance to meet the Southern California performer.

Event security became overwhelmed by the crowd and the Los Angeles Police Department was called in, the Los Angeles Times reported.

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Once officers arrived, several people began to run away, leading to what the LAPD described as an “outdoor crowd surge.”

As attendees trampled one another, as least ten people suffered minor injuries — including eight who were taken to area hospitals and two others who were treated at the scene.

Phora, whose real name is Marco Anthony Archer, wrote on Twitter Monday night that he bought shoes for hundreds of people who attended his meet and greet.

In an interview earlier in the evening, the Anaheim native said he regretted that his promotional event got out of hand.

“I’m so sorry,” he told ABC7-TV. “I personally took someone to the hospital myself. It’s super hectic out here tonight. I appreciate the fans, I appreciate the love.”

The rapper announced the release of his new album, Love Is Hell, last week on social media.