Host of 2,000+ person party with underage drinkers, overdoses says it was ‘worth it’

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HINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. — James Taylor’s says he is proud of a "rave" party he hosted in a rural part of Mecosta County that saw over 2,000 attendees.

Taylor, 20, told WXMI-TV the Saturday night started as a planned birthday party for a friend as well as a goodbye party for himself before be moves to California.

The party included two DJs, a fire thrower, go-go dancers and strippers.

Sunday morning his farm house was a mess with bottles, cans and trash scattered everywhere.

Local authorities say that at least six drug overdoses and one sexual assault happened during the party.

Despite the mess and the necessity of local law enforcement to break-up the party, Taylor said he hasn't done anything wrong.

“I didn’t force anything down anyone’s throat,” 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," he said.

"I didn’t make this kid pass out on my floor," Taylor said while pointing to a young man in a white shirt sleeping on the floor.  "People wanted to be here. That was their decision.”

Taylor said that his address was given out at about 4 p.m. on Saturday, which was just enough time for a heads up to people who wanted to attend but not enough time for word to get out to police.

“I guess someone drove all day during the party day from Tampa all the way to here just to come to this party,” said Taylor.

Local sheriff's deputies said many of the attendees were minors. Taylor said he was not aware of anyone at the party who was under age. If there were, he said, the attendee's parents should be held responsible.

“Any time you point at someone, you got three fingers pointing back at you, and 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.

Taylor said he expects the sheriff's department to contact him in the next couple of days.  He's not sure if he will face charges, but he said he would take responsibility.

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