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A pop-up party in Long Branch on May 21, 2022. (Photo: Exit 82 Scanner News).

Long Branch pop-up party is off, promotors tell judge

By David Wildstein, June 15 2022 7:11 pm

In a solid victory for the City of Long Branch, three online promoters agreed to cancel a June 19 pop-up party after the city filed a lawsuit to prevent a repeat of a similar event last month that drew a crowd of about 5,000 people and led to arrests, fights, and the closings of local businesses.

The organizers — Wavell Thompson of East Orange, Jayson Glasper of Tinton Falls, and Akeil Anderson – agreed to post a notice on all of their social media accounts calling off this weekend’s event, and any similar unpermitted ones like it in the future.

“Using social media to spread flyers advertising the event and generate word-of-mouth awareness, these individuals, in particular Mr. Thompson, organized and encouraged as many attendees as possible to come to the City of Long Branch to drink, use drugs, fight and generally behave in a disorderly manner,” the city alleged in their court filing.

Superior Court Judge Lisa Thornton required the three men to provide proof to the city that they had posted the notice.

Thornton has temporarily enjoined three others — Kevin J. Small, Semya Gill and Jaylen Courten, from promoting the pop-up party without obtaining a permit, and ordered them to also post a cancellation notice on their social media pages.  Small, Gill and Courten failed to appear in court on Wednesday.

Long Branch was represented by Louis Rainone of Coughlin Rainone Minchello.

This story was updated at 10:56 AM on June 16 to include Thornton’s second order. 

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