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Host of 2,000+ person party: ‘Worth it’ despite drug overdoses

Posted at 1:47 PM, Aug 04, 2014
and last updated 2014-08-04 16:15:49-04

HINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich.- The man whose party at a Michigan farmhouse ballooned into a 2,000-person bash said the party was “worth it” despite at least six reported drugs overdoses and one reported sexual assault.

“I didn’t force anything down anyone’s throat,” party planner James Taylor said. “I didn’t make anyone stay here until 7 a.m. or 11 a.m. or whenever it is that everyone finally left. I didn’t make this kid pass out on my floor. People wanted to be here. That was their decision.”

Taylor, 20, explained word of the party spread fast on social media. He said the party grew to be so crowded people could not move from one room to the other. With two DJ’s, a fire thrower, go-go dancers and strippers, Taylor believed he successfully threw the largest party ever to hit West Michigan, according to

Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office said many of the 2,000 party-goers were less than 21 years old. Taylor said he was not responsible for the criminal activity and instead shifted blame to parents.

“Any time you point at someone, you got three fingers pointing back at you,” he said. “If you are a parent that’s got a 14-year-old child that’s been able to be at my house all night, and according to the police there was a lot of them here. So, I think some parents should do some reflections on their parenting before they start getting mad at me.”

Taylor said he let people sleep at his farmhouse so they would not drive drunk. He said he expected to hear from the sheriff’s office about any charges he might face.