Rapper Machine Gun Kelly, on right.
STRONGSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say rapper Machine Gun Kelly organized a flash mob at a suburban Cleveland mall and was charged with disorderly conduct.
Strongsville police say the group gathered Saturday, and mall management asked three people standing on a table near a second-floor railing to step down. Kelly was among the three. When they refused, police were called.
Police say they're no longer in custody. Kelly tweeted later that "today was a statement."
Sean "P. Diddy" Combs told MTV this month that he signed Kelly, an Ohio native, to his Bad Boy Records label.
"Machine Gun" was the nickname of George Kelly, a Prohibition-era gangster.
The Plain Dealer reports that Cleveland's mayor recently vetoed an ordinance that would have criminalized some uses of social media and was aimed at curbing flash mobs.
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