Reports suggest police blocked Rihanna’s attempt to play free gig for Baltimore protesters

Emails have emerged indicating that the star wanted to perform in the city during May

Reports claim that Rihanna planned to play a free gig in Baltimore a week after rioting broke out in the US city, with the star intending to walk with protesters.

New emails obtained by the Baltimore Sun suggest that the singer wished to perform in Baltimore on May 1, but was prevented by the failure to obtain a permit for the public show.

Representatives of Rihanna allegedly requested “extra police security”, stating 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)”.

It is suggested that police might have stopped any attempt at holding a show. The representative for Rihanna identified in the emails did not respond to a request for comment.

Instead, Prince played a show in Baltimore on May 10 and performed a song he wrote about the unrest in Baltimore.

Confrontations in the US city began following the funeral of African-American man, Freddie Gray, on April 27. Gray, 25, was fatally injured whilst in police custody on April 19 after a week-long coma.

At the time, Rihanna posted an image of a tearful black riot police officer on Instagram. See the post below.

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