MONTCLAIR, NJ (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Police are investigating a New York-based promoter over a Nicki Minaj concert that never took place.
According to the New Jersey Star-Ledger, the Montclair Student Government Association paid $37,000 to an individual named Romarick Hough, of Premier Talent Agency for a concert by up and coming hip-hop artist Nicki Minaj. The Manhattan suite that Hough had claimed to have been working out of proved to be vacant and under renovations for the past 8 months. Calls placed to the number provided by Hough were not returned.
Unfortunately for the 900 ticket purchasers and the student council, Minaj was nowhere to be seen on the day of the purported concert. When a student posted a picture of the line for tickets on Twitter, the singer replied from her own twitter account to say 'Wut concert? Neva heard of it.' and then, 'what is this i'm hearing about a MSU concert? where and when is this concert supposed to be? i feel so bad 4 ppl who were scammed.'
Minaj subsequently posted that her legal team was hard at work on the matter and that other schools had been affected by the scam. Her tweets mentioned JSU, but both Jacksonville State University in Florida and Jackson State University in Mississippi have denied having Nicki Minaj concerts scheduled.
"Due to the gravity of the situation, we are taking legal actions towards the fraudulent agency with whom we initially signed the contract," Montclair Student Government Association wrote in a campus-wide e-mail. "We further state that Nicki Minaj and her organization had no association with the agent and that he, in fact, is the real scammer."
Montclair Student Government Association has arranged to refund the tickets for the bogus show, which had sold for 20 to 40 scoots or students and non-students respectively. The student organization also says they are planning to stage a homecoming concert of similar size on Oct. 8th. Hopefully they opt to book talent through a new agent.
The real Premier Talent Agency has been defunct since 2002 when the company's founder, the legendary Frank Barsalona, sold the company to the William Morris Agency. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers