Commerford rages during taping, later arrested
NEW YORK — No, Richard Hatch didn’t get naked. But the “Survivor” winner was on hand for a rather rambunctious airing of the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards at Gotham’s Radio City Music Hall Thursday.
Hosted by “Scary Movie” scribes Shawn and Marlon Wayans, event got a little scary in real life when Rage Against the Machine bassist Tim Commerford decided to jump onstage, scale one of the video monitor-encrusted set decorations, and rock the whole set perilously back and forth.
Commerford was coaxed down by a phalanx of black-suited security men and held on charges of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.
Later that evening, at MTV’s post-party in the Rockefeller Center garden, hip hop entrepreneur and Def Jam Records founder Russell Simmons was relieved.
“That was pretty wild,” he said, “but it’s a good thing it wasn’t a rapper, otherwise he might not have gotten out of there.”
The star-studded cast of presenters and attendees included Jim Carrey, Kid Rock, LL Cool J, Chris Rock, Mark Wahlberg, Sting, Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, rapper Lil’ Kim, Whitney Houston, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich, Nelly, R&B crooners D’Angelo, Usher and Sisquo, Saturday Night Live’s Jimmy Fallon, Robert DeNiro and Ben Stiller.