The first question is whether this will be the last Electric Zoo Festival, at least in New York. The second question is what this means for a larger, exploding EDM genre.
According to details now emerging, Electric Zoo Festival organizers now have a rape on their hands. Even worse, it appears to have involved an underage attendee: according to details from non-profit NYC Park Advocates, Inc., a 16-year-old female was sexually assaulted and left under a van in the Zoo parking lot.
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The victim was later taken to a hospital, where sexual assault was determined. “The teenager woke up on Friday under a van in a parking lot with her pants undone and bruises and scratches on her legs, according to several city sources,” Geoffrey Park of non-profit blog A Walk In the Park relayed.
“Medical personnel at Cornell Medical Hospital later determined she was sexually assaulted.”
The news follows a pair of deaths at the festival, both blamed on ecstacy (or MDMA, or ‘Molly’) overdoses. That forced the cancellation of the final day, though not before officials made 31 arrests.