Chaos at The Corinthia: X Factor security guard arrested and fans swarm the hotel…as contestants are sneaked in the back door
20:48 GMT, 21 October 2012
Fans seem to be going crazy for the superstar wannabes on The X Factor but things got a bit out of hand at the Corinthia Hotel on Friday night.
One of the show's security guards, who was trying to control the sea of fans and photographers who had gathered outside the contestants' London hotel, was arrested after allegations that he had manhandled and been verbally abusive to the crowd.
The fans, who have been a steady presence since the X Factor stars moved in to the hotel a few weeks ago, were met with a much stronger reaction than usual as the guard tried to control them.
Desperate: Young fans jostle to get inside the hotel while the security team try to subdue the crowd
A number of fans and photographers made their way around to the hotel's loading bay where contestants Jade Ellis and Jahmene Douglas were being sneaked in the back entrance after their rehearsals.
Tensions rose as the show's in-house security tried to stop the crowd from getting into the hotel and approaching the singers.
The police were then called after allegations that one member of the security team had manhandled and directed offensive expletives at the waiting crowd, which included young teenage girls.
Chaos: An X Factor security guard tries to control the crowd outside the Corinthia Hotel and is later arrested
Taking statements: The police arrive to speak to the crowd after the alleged incidents
The guard is alleged to have shouted 'f*****g c***s' at the crowd, adding to the tension of the situation.
An X Factor spokesman admitted that a member of their security team had been arrested but denied that the expletives were directed at the fans:
'A member of the team was arrested but no charges were brought and he was let off with a caution', he said.
Sneaked in the back: Jahmene Douglas and Jade Ellis both causes a stir when they were sneaked in the back entrance of the hotel on Friday night
Not charged: The member of The X Factor's in-house team was arrested but released with a caution following the ruckus
'Young fans were present but it was a
photographer who called the police and complained about abusive
language, not one of the fans,' he added.
After the police arrived at the hotel, they chatted to a number of the young fans, obtaining statements, before leading the security guard back to Charing Cross police station to be questioned.
The guard was released without charge but was given a caution before he was let go.
In tears: A number of young fans were allegedly left in tears after the security guard's outburst
Madness: Fans swarm around the hotel as the X Factor team try to control them