April 04, 2008 03:41:31 GMT
The group as well as the featured artists, Lindsay Lohan and Kanye West were not at the scene at the time of the incident.
At least one person was injured when a fight broke out on the set of N.E.R.D.'s music video shoot on Wednesday night, April 2 at New York's Madison nightclub. The brawl that reportedly involved two male extras almost jeopardized the production of the clip which is for the three-piece Hip-Hop group's new single "Everyone Nose".
"Some dude, one of the extra guys, jumped another extra and started calling him a pu*** and punching him in the face," one of the club's employees told MTV News. "They fell against the bar, and there were all these beer bottles up there which were being used as props, and the bottles fell over and broke. The guy who was jumped, his arm got cut, and he started bleeding all over the place. The other dude ran away. It wasn't such a big deal. The police did show up, and the dude that was attacked went to hospital and sat there for two hours before he was seen."
The fight was allegedly because the two men were trying to get more camera time. James Demasi from an agency that operates the venue said that "One of them was taunting the other, and the extra who was being taunted jumped up and assaulted the individual who was taunting him." The injured guy was then discharged from the hospital but there has been no report on arrest being made as of the news hour.
Neither N.E.R.D. members that include Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo and Shay Haley nor the guest celebrities, Kanye West and Lindsay Lohan, were at the scene at the time of the incident. Lohan in particular left three hours before that.
Several other extras threatened to leave the set, complaining that there was not enough security staff that will make the environment much safer. However, the production team encouraged them to stay but the shoot was completely halted.
"Everyone Nose" which is about cocaine use, is the first single off the group's forthcoming album "Seeing Sounds". It features a giant nose designed by artist Kaws as well as strippers. No release date has been set yet but several on-set pics have surfaced on-line.