CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A concert of rapper Young Dolph scheduled for Saturday night was canceled over safety concerns, according to organizers.
The sold-out concert, which was scheduled at Memmenger Auditorium, was canceled this week by Spoleto Festival USA, Inc., which manages the auditorium, according to event organizers.
Those organizers say they were told the reason was because Charleston Police refused to provide security for the event, an accusation police deny. Charleston Police spokesman Charles Francis said a police lieutenant who heads up event planning found out there were shootings at two separate concerts in which Young Dolph appeared, one in Charlotte and the other in Dallas, and notified Spoleto management about those events. The discussion between police and the auditorium's management never moved toward police providing security, Francis said.
Under a contract with Spoleto's management team, the concert's organizers are not allowed to provide their own security.
Police say Young Dolph himself was not connected to the shootings.
Spoleto's management team has not commented on the situation.
Refunds were expected for those who purchased tickets, concert organizers said.