The Insane Clown Posse and their Juggalo fans say they're NOT a gang ... but for now the FBI can keep calling them one because a federal judge has tossed out the band's lawsuit.
ICP had filed the suit -- along with several Juggalos -- claiming the FBI wrongly classified them as a hybrid criminal gang. They say police hassle them because of the gang label. One fan who sued is in the military and fears punishment from superiors.
But a federal judge dismissed the case last week ... saying ICP should not have sued the FBI ... because the harassment is coming from local law enforcement agencies -- not the Feds. As for the military plaintiff ... the judge pointed out nothing's actually happened to him yet.
The Juggalos -- who usually identify themselves with tattoos of the ICP's hatchetman logo -- say the fight isn't over ... their ACLU lawyers have already filed an appeal.
Insane Clown Posse
Sues Federal Government
Juggalos Aren't a Gang, We're a Family
1/8/2014 10:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The Insane Clown Posse is OUTRAGED the Federal Government has labeled their followers as a dangerous gang ... so now they've filed a lawsuit, demanding the Feds take back what they said.
ICP claims a 2011 FBI report -- which referred to Juggalos as a "loosely organized hybrid gang" -- wrongly characterizes their fans as violent lawbreakers ... and has led to unwarranted harassment of their fans by law enforcement.
In addition to ICP members Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope, several fans are also party to the suit, and they cite several examples during which they were allegedly subjected to such harassment.
One fan says he's been stopped multiple times by cops because of his ICP clothing. Another says he was forced to remove his Juggalo tattoos in order to enlist in the military.
ICP admits some of their fans have broken the law in the past, but they insist "it is wrong to designate the entire group of supporters as a criminal gang based on the acts of a few." During a news conference, Shaggy 2 Dope said, "We're not a gang. We're a family."
ICP says the FBI report violates their constitutional right to free speech as well as their right to associate with whoever they want. They want the Feds to stop with the gang talk once and for all.
Insane Clown Posse Sued
'Dildos, Vagina Tighteners, Tommy Guns'
9/17/2013 1:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The Insane Clown Posse has been sued by their former publicist/attorney who claims her office was a hot bed of sexual abuse -- which included dildos, vaginal devices and firearms.
The person behind the suit is Andrea Pellegrini -- who claims she got the ax after reporting the alleged abuse to the honchos at ICP's record label, Psychopathic Records.
According to the suit, filed in Michigan, Andrea details all sorts of crazy abuse -- which allegedly began in 2009.
Here are the highlights:
-- In 2011 ... Violent J's girlfriend Michelle Rapp glared at her in a hostile manner. When she complained to the president of the record label, he told her Michelle is "crazy" and might beat her up.
-- In 2012 ... on the way to lunch, Dirty Dan, a Psychopathic Records employee, told Andrea he had a "fat c**k" and that "he'd like to f**k her."
-- In July 2012, Andrea changed her Facebook status to single... and soon after, Dirty Dan presented her with a "clear dildo" in the office and told her that she'd probably need it because she's single.
--Later that day .... Andrea says Dan gifted two other women in the office with "vagina tighteners"
-- In August 2012 ... she was told she couldn't use the private bathrooms at the Gathering of the Juggalos and was forced to share restrooms that were "often full with naked male strangers."
As for the guns -- Andrea claims she was once asked to obtain illegal automatic weapons for a photo shoot.
Andrea is now suing for wrongful termination and wants compensation for suffering a slew of injuries ... which include, "fright and shock" and "horror, outrage and indignity."
We've reached out to ICP -- so far, no word back.
Insane Clown Posse to GQ
How DARE You Call Us the Worst Rappers Ever???
7/11/2013 8:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
You don't diss Insane Clown Posse and get away with it -- at least that's the lesson the rappers are teaching GQ Magazine for calling 'em the worst rappers of all time ... telling TMZ, GQ's talking out of its paisley, overly-coiffed ass.
In case you missed GQ's recent feature "The 25 Worst Rappers of All Time" ... ICP reigns supreme at the top of the list, earning the #1 spot -- which is pretty bad, considering the competition is already extremely stiff ... Pitbull comes in at #9, MC Hammer at #6, and Vanilla Ice at #4.
And ICP rappers Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope aren't taking kindly to the insult.
Violent J tells us, "Insane Clown Posse has been selling rap records, rocking rap stages and making rap money for over 20 years now. You can't rack up all that rap success for this long and still be 'the worst ever.' GQ magazine should stick to what they know: Dressing preppy metrosexuals."
So we gotta ask ...
Insane Clown Posse
Cops Are SCARED About
Our Halloween Concert
10/18/2012 12:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The Insane Clown Posse says they've been forced to relocate their Halloween concert ... after police in Royal Oak, Michigan voiced concerns about the "type of crowd they bring" ... TMZ has learned.
Of course, the "crowd" in question is the Juggalos -- a group which the FBI has classified as a dangerous street gang. ICP says the FBI is wrong ... they're just REALLY passionate fans.
A rep for ICP tells TMZ ... the group had booked the Royal Oak Music Theater for the venue of their "Hallowicked" show -- and it had nearly sold out when suddenly the venue decided to cancel the event.
ICP is convinced ROMT backed out at the behest of the police ... who raised several issues, including the FBI's assessment of the Juggalos as a gang.
The Royal Oak Police Dept. tells TMZ ... they never FORCED the venue to cancel, but did ask them to "reconsider" because of the "the type of crowd they bring."
The cops tell us ... they were also “concerned about the amount of resources they had available that night.”
ICP has since relocated their show to The Fillmore theater in Detroit -- and insist "Halloween will not be spoiled."
Insane Clown Posse
The FBI is Wrong ...
Juggalos Are NOT a Gang
8/10/2012 3:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The Insane Clown Posse is straight up pissed at the FBI, yo ... claiming the feds were WRONG for classifying their "Juggalo" superfans as a dangerous street gang ... and now the Clowns have lawyered up, hoping to sue the government.
ICP believes several members of their Juggalo faithful have had their rights violated ever since the group appeared on the FBI's National Gang Threat Assessment list in 2011.
The feds believe "many Juggalo subsets exhibit gang-like behavior and engage in criminal activity and violence."
But ICP is adamant their fans are getting a bum rap ... claiming Juggalos have wrongly been placed in the same catagory as "such notorious entities as the Aryan Brotherhood, Bloods, Crips and the Latin Kings."
ICP member Shaggy 2 Dope released a statement saying, "We are hearing too many stories from our fans about the trouble [being on the FBI list is] causing them. Just because you like a music group, doesn’t make you a criminal.”
The other ICP member, Violent J, added, “We’re not attacking the FBI, but they got this wrong. The Juggalos are not a gang, and that needs to be fixed.”
ICP has reached out to their fans ... seeking Juggalos who believe they have been mistreated by law enforcement because of the FBI's characterization of the group. The goal is to sue the government for discrimination.
Insane Clown Posse Tourmates
We Were Set Up!
10/23/2011 4:03 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The guys touring with Insane Clown Posse -- who were arrested last night for marijuana possession -- not only maintain they are innocent ... they claim they were set up!
As TMZ first reported, Jamie Spaniolo and Paul Methric (better known as the rap duo Twiztid) and Chris Rouleau (who raps under the name Blaze) were all busted for felony marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor.
Methric (above, middle) tells TMZ the group was "set up and snitched on by a guy with a vendetta against them." He says the group is "not guilty" and their "lawyer will be fighting this in court to the full extent."
As for who could have set them up ... Methric did not want to elaborate, for legal reasons.
Insane Clown Posse
For Marijuana Possession
10/23/2011 7:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Three rappers currently on tour with the Insane Clown Posse were arrested in Tampa, FL yesterday and each charged with felony possession of marijuana ... TMZ has learned.
From left to right ... Jamie Spaniolo and Paul Methric (better known as the rap duo Twiztid) and Chris Rouleau (who raps under the name Blaze) were also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor.
All three posed for mug shots ... sans their infamous make-up.
They were each released this morning on $2,500 bond.
The tour is scheduled to hit Richmond, VA on Monday and New York City on Tuesday.
According to the police report, officers busted the rappers aboard their tour bus after an officer smelled marijuana from the outside. During their search of the bus, cops found marijuana in a sandwich bag as well as loose marijuana "being prepared for 'rolling.'" Cops found 110.6 grams of marijuana in total.
Gathering of the Juggalos
LESS Security This Year
7/11/2011 6:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
After last year's attacks of Tila Tequila and Method Man, you'd think the Gathering of the Juggalos would INCREASE security. Not only would you be wrong, but they're doing the EXACT OPPOSITE.
Violent J from the Insane Clown Posse (the group behind the annual festival) tells TMZ ... ICP feels the TALENT was to blame for last year's violence ... because they incited the crowd while onstage.
Mr. J believes the performers lined up for the 2011 festival have "mad respect" for the juggalos ... and won't make the same mistake.
The event is scheduled to go down from August 11-14 in Cave-In-Rock, IL -- and the lineup includes Charlie Sheen, MC Hammer and Vanilla Ice.
What are the chances all 3 walk away from the event unscathed?
I'm A Hardcore JUGGALO
7/7/2011 3:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The Insane Clown Posse never thought they'd be able to get a star as big as Charlie Sheen to M.C. at their upcoming Gathering of the Juggalos festival ... until Sheen himself ASKED for the job.
ICP member Violent J tells TMZ ... the group received a call from Charlie's rep back in April ... telling them how Sheen was a HUGE fan of the Gathering and he would LOVE to work with the group.
Of course, ICP was STOKED -- but figured Sheen was WAYYYYY out of their price range. But, Violent J says Charlie was "so into the message of the festival" ... they were able to agree on a "reasonable amount."
The deal was finalized last week and Sheen will serve as an M.C. at the event in August.
Dude better be careful though ... TWO celebrity guests -- Tila Tequila and Method Man -- were bloodied up on stage at last year's Gathering ... when the fans pelted them with rocks and beer cans.
When Insane Clowns Attack
6/7/2011 5:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Juggalo Death Wish
6/7/2011 5:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
MC Hammer is risking serious bodily injury -- because the rapper has agreed to perform at the 2011 Gathering of the Juggalos ... just one year after TWO performers were brutally attacked by fans.
The Insane Clown Posse -- the group behind the GOJ -- just announced the return of the 4-day concert via YouTube ... with a line-up that includes MC Hammer, Psycho Jesus, and Lil Wyte.
Tila Tequila and Method Man were featured performers at last year's Gathering -- but each left the stage dripping with blood after fans went ballistic ... and pelted them with rocks and beer cans.
The concert is set to go down in August -- leaving Hammer with a whole 2 months to change his mind ... unless he really needs the money.
ICP -- Method Man's Bloody Face Was His Own Fault
8/20/2010 5:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Violent J from Insane Clown Posse claims Method Man dug his own grave when he took a flying beer can to the face -- because according to the clown, Meth riled up the crowd first with a nasty insult.
Violent J tells TMZ, the crowd at the Gathering of the Juggalos -- ICP's trademark music festival -- were chanting the word "family" when Method Man and Redman took the stage last weekend ... a word J claims is a term of endearment among Juggalos.
J claims Method Man didn't know the significance of the word, telling the crowd, "F**k family. It's all about hip-hop" -- and according to the man in black-and-white face paint, that's exactly where MM went wrong ... and paid for it with a bloody face.
As we first reported, Meth plans to sue over the incident -- but J tells us, "I don't feel responsible at all" ... referring to the impending lawsuit as "straight b*tch sh*t."
Despite the bad blood -- Violent J adds, "We don't think it should have happened ... We respect Meth and Red to the fullest."