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Kingston walks off stage at Fall Fest

10:23 p.m. Fall Fest ended on a sour note this evening when singer Sean Kingston ended his show abruptly after objects were thrown on stage.

Kingston, who was the headliner at Saturday’s concert, left the stage a little more than half hour after he started his set when two glow sticks were thrown on stage. Tim Miller, executive director of the Student Activities Center came on stage to tell the crowd not to throw objects, and Kingston returned about 10 minutes later. But after two more songs, another glow stick was thrown and Kingston left the stage again.

Reached on his cell phone, Miller said Kingston made the decision to leave the stage after approximately 30 glow sticks were thrown on the stage. “It was up to the crowd to decide if the show would go on,” he said. Kingston was scheduled to perform two more songs, he added.

Program Board, who gave out the glow sticks at the event, released a statement after the show that said Kingston was struck by two objects thrown after he had come back on stage.

Program Board Chair Tiffany Meehan said Kingston finished his set, but was scheduled to do a two-song encore that he did not complete. Mike Geremia, the agent who worked with Program Board to book the event, however, said Kingston cut his set by about 15 minutes, not including an encore.

Geremia added the singer was scheduled to do a meet and greet with students from Program Board, but Kingston declined to after the show.

“I don’t know what students would get out of throwing glow sticks on the stage,” Geremia said.

Meehan said Kingston was “very upset.”

“One GW student ruined a show that thousands came to today and that’s unbelievable.”

Meehan declined to discuss Program Board’s financial engagement with Kingston. Asked if the shorter show would effect Kingston’s compensation, Geremia said “It’s not his fault that the show was stopped short and I’ll leave it at that.”

Gabriella Schwarz and Amy D’Onofrio contributed to this report.

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