BBC staff were “shocked and upset” after rapper Krept was “slashed” at a packed 1Xtra Live performance, newly released transcripts show.
The broadcaster’s reaction after The Rap Game host was stabbed backstage at the former Arena Birmingham has been revealed in a timeline of the canceled concert.
The BBC initially attempted to continue the performance after more than 9,500 people poured into the venue to see some of the top stars of the grime and urban music scene.
A shutdown was then ordered at 10.01pm as “security had lost our confidence” while Krept was being treated by a paramedic for a stab wound to his thigh, the reports show.
The musician, whose real name is Casyo Johnson, later said the attack, which was blamed on a notorious Birmingham gang, could have been deadly had the knife been “a millimeter deeper”.
Aitch, French Montana and AJ Tracey were among the other performers on the roster for the 1Xtra event, which urged artists to stay in their dressing rooms after the vicious attack.
Queue jumps and other crowd control issues are also revealed in the heavily redacted show notes, released following a Freedom of Information Act request from Metro.co.uk.
The problems emerged after 9,524 people arrived at the venue by 8:20 p.m. for the performance on October 5, 2019.
One of the bullet points reads: “Several employees have been involved and are very upset and shocked, need to make sure they are okay and get support.”
Details of the incident, which prompted the BBC to step up its security procedures, have been released following inquiries from Metro.co.uk and a challenge from the Information Commissioner’s Office.
An update said: “Not a great experience for the guests coming to the box office. People trying to skip the queue at the standing entrance.
“The queues have now been separated and an attempt has been made to direct them to the correct sitting/standing queue.”
The alert is first raised in an entry at 9:43 p.m. which reads: “1 man stabbed in thigh – KREPT (BY KREPT & KONAN).”
Another update in the BBC transcript reads: “Won’t do a show stop. Is there any threat to the staff and performers backstage – NO, the doors on either side are relatively sterile now for sure.
The decision is then made by a person whose name has been redacted to call the “Showstop” at 10:01 p.m.
The reason given is that “security has lost our confidence at this point”.
A meeting of the emergency management team then references a “rumor on social media of a backstage stabbing” with “BBC staff currently monitoring social media”.
Under the heading WHAT WE BELIEVE HAPPENED, one bullet point reads, “Sick in Nursing/Medical Care – Stab Wound to Thigh.”
Artists were told to remain in their dressing rooms “until they hear otherwise” while producers and presenters were gathered in the broadcast room.
At 11.30pm, a heavily redacted update said “the person who was stabbed is receiving medical attention” and “paramedics have used stitches”.
After the venue was cleared, another report shortly after midnight confirmed that “Krept was slashed in the leg by rap duo Krept and Konan.” He didn’t go to the hospital.
As West Midlands Police begin their investigation, the management team turns to BBC staff.
An update said: “Several staff have been involved and are very upset and shocked, need to make sure they are okay and get support…
“No other employees or talent were injured in the incident, but some employees who were close to the incident are upset and shocked.
“They have been approached by management to reiterate that support is available to anyone who so desires.
“The Live Events team was asked to write down a few bullet points of their memory of the incident/their areas.
“This will be extended to other staff at the event.”
The BBC refused to release any further document on the incident in response to an earlier request from Metro.co.uk, but has released the files following an information watchdog challenge.
Krept, one half of the Krept & Konan duo, was reportedly slashed and robbed in a VIP area by members of Birmingham gang The Johnson Crew.
Questions were asked at the time about how the attacker got the blade into the venue through security scanners and bag searches.
Krept later told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show: “I got a report back saying if [the blade] a millimeter lower, it could have been fatal.
He has also expressed his determination to pursue his career and has maintained a high profile that includes co-hosting BBC talent show The Rap Game, in which aspiring rappers compete for a cash prize and mentorship.
The 32-year-old’s achievements also include top 10 albums and singles and, together with Konan, being awarded the British Empire Medal at the Queen’s Birthday Honors 2020 for her contribution to the community in Croydon, south London. He has previously spoken out about losing friends to gang feuds and others ending up in prison while growing up on council estates in Gipsy Hill and Thornton Heath.
A spokesman for the venue, which has been renamed Utilita Arena, said: “The safety of everyone who attends the venue is always our top priority and we have extremely robust security measures in place.
“We firmly reject any allegations that suggest otherwise.
“West Midlands Police investigated the incident of 5 October 2019 and concluded that they were satisfied with our handling of the incident and the additional proactive steps we have taken since then.
“No further comment will be made on the incident.
“Working with local and national authorities, our venue is taking a multi-pronged approach to safety to protect visitors and staff.
‘We have invested heavily in our security infrastructure to ensure we provide a secure environment.’
The BBC referred to a “full review” commissioned after the incident.
A spokesman said: “All recommendations from this review have been implemented, further strengthening the safety of our events, with the health and safety of our audiences, staff, performers and guests being our top priority.”
A spokesman for West Midlands Police said: “We have been investigating after a man suffered a laceration, although the injured person declined to make a formal complaint. Due to a lack of evidence, we could not determine who was responsible.
“Officials will evaluate any new information we receive.”
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