Nicki Minaj arrested in Amsterdam


American chat rhymer Nicki Minaj’s concert in Britain was canceled at the last minute on Saturday night after she was detained at Amsterdam’s airport for possession of drugs.

The artist was due to perform in Manchester on Saturday, but wrote in a post on the social media platform X that “the authorities found marijuana in her luggage” before arresting her.

Minaj says the pre-rolled daily cigarettes belong to her security guard and that her bags were searched “without consent”.

The police confirmed to AFP that a 41-year-old American woman is in custody on suspicion of trying to export drugs to another country. However, police did not directly say that it was Minaj.

Robert Kapel, spokesperson for the military police, later told AFP that the suspect was released after she paid a fine.

The chat rhymer apologized to fans on X for missing the concert, but said she would be back on May 30 for a second Manchester show and that she would perform in Birmingham on Sunday as part of her Pink Friday 2 World Tour.

Manchester’s Co-op Live arena, where Saturday’s show was supposed to take place, said in a statement that tickets would remain valid for a new concert date to be announced shortly.

In a series of posts on social media, Minaj argued that her arrest in Amsterdam was part of a plot to sabotage her tour.

“So they succeeded with their plan to not let me get on that stage tonight,” she wrote on X.

“This is what it looks like when people are paid big money to try to sabotage a tour after everything else has failed.”