What was supposed to be a celebration for Pete Rock and Tek & Steele of Smif-N-Wessun has become something of a night to remember for all the wrong reasons. The sold-out party, held at Manhattan’s Tammany Hall in New York on June 28 for release of the Monumental album didn’t quite go as planned.
According to Pete Rock’s lawyer Kenneth Montgomery, the celebration turned downhill after a “minor argument” broke out when a few guests were refused entry. Although the dispute was soon diffused by the door staff, Montgomery reported that just half an hour later, police were “macing and assaulting individuals inside the club, dragging one of them out and pummeling him directly in front of the club.”
While neither Pete nor Tek & Steele of Smif-N-Wessun themselves were harmed by the police, the press release states that some of their friends and family weren’t quite as lucky. It’s a complete shame to see how a celebration could turn into unnecessary drama for the artists’ friends, family and fans.
Watch @LadyJayDiamond‘s video below for some actual footage of what happened on the night:
Pete Rock’s own wife and daughter were caught up in the violent mayhem that followed, resulting in his daughter’s arrest for allegedly assaulting a police officer – which Rock strongly refutes, giving explanation. Following the shocking night, Pete Rock, Steele of Smif n Wessun and Louis Skagg spoke directly on the police’s actions and what happened at the event, outside the courthouse – watch below: