Nicki Minaj concert postponed after rapper’s arrest by Dutch police

Nicki Minaj’s concert in Manchester scheduled for Saturday night was postponed after police in the Netherlands discovered marijuana in her bags as she prepared to leave the country.

Promoter Live Nation said the performance will be rescheduled and tickets will be accepted.

“Despite Nicki’s best efforts to explore every possible avenue for tonight’s show to happen, today’s events have made this impossible,” the promoter said in a statement. “We are deeply disappointed by the inconvenience this has caused.”

Minaj tweeted early Saturday that she was detained at Amsterdam airport as she was about to board a plane for the concert in Manchester. Police told her they found cannabis in her purse and that she would have to weigh it, she tweeted. Cannabis is illegal in the Netherlands, but recreational use is tolerated.

Robert Van Kapel, spokesman for the Dutch military police, said a 41-year-old American woman had been arrested for exporting “soft drugs.” He did not identify the woman or provide further details about the type of drugs involved. Police later tweeted that they fined the woman and released her.

Minaj, who is 41, tweeted that she believes the police just wanted to make her late for her concert in Manchester.

“I told you, it’s to try to make me late so they can write negative stories. Jealousy is a disease. You know the rest,” Minaj tweeted.

Their representatives did not immediately respond to messages on Saturday (local time).

The Trinidad-born rapper is best known for her hits Super Freaky Girl, Anaconda and Starships. She has been nominated for 12 Grammy Awards throughout her career. The Manchester concert is part of her Pink Friday 2 tour, which includes stops in Paris, Poland, Germany, Romania and Switzerland.

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