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Rihanna Blocked From Giving Free Concert

Rihanna wanted to come to Baltimore in the week after rioting broke out to walk with protesters and perform a free concert, but was reportedly banned from doing so by police, according to The Baltimore Sun.

The news comes after emails showing the singer’s interest in doing so were released Monday.

In an email sent May 1 to Capt. Eric Kowalczyk who then headed the BPD media relations department, an officer outlined a conversation he had with a representative for the singer.

The representative “advised that Rihanna wants to walk with the protesters as well as perform a free concert,” the officer wrote. “He added that she will be arriving by plane and in an effort to divert press/media she will be traveling to the city by train (or by car if necessary). [He] stated that they had hoped to secure some extra police security and was directed by the Governor’s office to seek assistance through Communications.”

An officer was cc’ed on the email forwarded to former police commissioner Anthony Batts. Kowalczyk also passed the message along to Kevin Harris, a spokesman for Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

The concert was also mentioned in a May 1 situation report that indicates police might have stopped any attempt at holding the event.

“Possible Rihanna Concert at Penn & North,” the update reads. “No time given. Police are claiming they have no permit so it will not be allowed.”

Ultimately, Prince played a show in honor of Freddie Gray and the quest for justice at the Royal Farms Arena on May 10. He performed a song he wrote for the city in response to the unrest.