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Quart music festival pleaded not guilty

KRISTIANSAND (TV 2 Nettavisen): The Quart festival pleaded not guilty on the charge of violating or improper behaviour connected to the sex stunt when the case started Wednesday.

«We plead not guilty,» said Magne Asheim Knudsen, board chairman, on behalf of the Quart music festival, when the case started Tusdagy.

Police prosecutor Ingrid Thorsen stated that the music festival management should be fined for contributing to breaching of the criminal code’s paragraph 201.

The festival refused to accept the police’s fine of NOK 50,000 (USD 8,000).

According to Henning Kristiansen, head of security at the festival, it is the police, not the festival’s hired security firm, who are responsible for stopping possible illegal activities.

«We are responsible to prevent injuries on the audience and children, and also prevent large material damage,» Kristiansen said.

Kristiansen explained in court that the police officers on duty during the concert with the Cumshots were standing around laughing at the sex stunt.

«The police officers were standing there laughing when I talked to them,» Kristiansen said in court. «They asked what we were going to do. I was afraid Kristopher Schau had urged people from the audience to have sex on stage, but the police explained that they came from back stage. We saw no reason to interfere due to security reasons.»

Due to previous experience, Schau’s stunts and the type of audience he draws, the security company had increased the number of people on duty.

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