Host of 2,000 guest ‘rave:’ Massive party “worth it” despite assault, drug overdoses

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HINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WXMI) – James Taylor calls the farm-house that has been in his family nearly a century his ‘party house.’

He says what started out as a birthday party for a friend on Saturday night quickly grew to more than 2,000 people.

He said it was also a goodbye party for him before he leaves for California.

“People could have been laying out in my yard dead this morning,” he said. “I’m glad the police were here and the ambulances.”

With two DJ’s, a fire thrower, go-go dancers and strippers, the 20-year-old says he believes he successfully threw the largest party ever to hit West Michigan.

Unfortunately, the party had its costs.

Authorities say there were at least six drug overdoses and the reported sexual assault of a 19-year-old woman.

“I didn’t force anything down anyone’s throat,” Taylor told WXMI. “I didn’t make anyone stay here until 7 a.m. or 11 a.m. or whenever it is that everyone finally left. I didn’t make this kid pass out on my floor. People wanted to be here. That was their decision.”

Taylor says his address was given out to people around 4 p.m., which was enough time for thousands to come flocking to the farm-house.

Taylor admits that he is responsible for the mess but says he didn’t know anyone at the party was underage.

“Any time you point at someone, you got three fingers pointing back at you, and if you are a parent that’s got a 14-year-old child that’s been able to be at my house all night, and according to the police, there was a lot of them here. So, I think some parents should do some reflections on their parenting before they start getting mad at me,” he said.

He adds that he offered to let the 2,000 guests stay the night so no one drove home intoxicated.

As for any possible charges, Taylor said he’s expecting to see officers in the next couple of days.

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