WILMINGTON -- After weeks of controversy surrounding a gangster rap concert at New Hanover High School this weekend the rapper never took the stage. After an uproar from the community over the concert, the contract between the New Hanover County School Board and concert promoter to hold the concert at Brogden Hall is why the school board was forced to let the concert go on. Issues over the concert were raised because of fears of possible gang violence. The rapper, Lil Wayne, has publicly admitted to being in a gang. The school board responded to the concerns by canceling the concert. But when the concert promoter agreed to beef up security, the school board said the concert could go forward. Now the promoter claims that between controversy and cancellation, ticket sales were hurt and led to Lil Wanye pulling out at the last minute. The lawyer representing the promoter says the way it worked out, they only had a week to sell tickets. Chas Lineberry is the promoter's lawyer. He said, "Our client did everything he could to make the concert work for everybody -- for the community, and for the performer, and he just wasn't able to pull it together because of the time constraints." Again, there is some talk of litigation, but it's not clear at this point whether the promotions company will pursue a lawsuit. Either way, a lot of those involved lost money in this deal, including the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office who provided dozens of deputies to secure the event. After this fiasco the school board says it will re-examine its policy regarding the use of school facilities in the future.
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