Nicki Minaj: Dutch police reveal more details around star's arrest

-Credit: (Image: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
-Credit: (Image: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)


Dutch police have revealed more details around Nicki Minaj's dramatic arrest this weekend.

The pop star was arrested at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, on Saturday afternoon - hours before her gig in Manchester at the Co-op Live was due to go ahead. It eventually led to the gig being forced to be cancelled - leaving thousands of fans inside the arena 'raging'.

It came after Minaj posted on X that officers were searching her luggage and had 'found weed'. She live-streamed her arrest on Instagram and posted on X at 4pm that she was being taken to a police station.

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At 8.45pm, Dutch police said they had fined and released the pop star for being in possession of an amount of 'soft drugs'. They wrote: "We have just released a 41-year-old American woman who we arrested this afternoon at Schiphol on suspicion of exporting soft drugs. After consultation with the Public Prosecution Service, the suspect was fined and can continue her journey."

And now, in an update, Major Robert van Kapel, from the Royal Netherlands military police, told Sky News at around 9.15pm that the woman had been released around 20 minutes previously from the Royal Marshal’s Office at Schiphol Airport.

“I don’t know which plane she will take, which destination, of course, privacy. It’s not our concern,” he also said.

“But I can say that 20 minutes ago she’s left. So probably she’s on her way to her next destination.”

When asked if they knew the woman was a rap artist, he responded: “Of course, we never confirm the identity of people we have in custody, suspects.

“But we have seen, of course, social media, and the only thing we have to do is do a thorough investigation. And that’s what we did and there’s no reason to (have her) any longer in custody. She can go wherever she has to go.”

The star is set to perform in Manchester tonight
The star was set to perform in Manchester tonight -Credit:Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

A statement from Live Nation, the tour promoter for the show, said: “Nicki Minaj’s scheduled performance at Manchester’s Co-op Live on Saturday 25th May has been postponed. Tickets will remain valid for the rescheduled performance which will be announced ASAP.

“Despite Nicki’s best efforts to explore every possible avenue to make tonight’s show happen, the events of today have made it impossible. We are deeply disappointed by the inconvenience this has caused. More information will be available at your point of purchase.”

Minaj has not yet commented on the cancellation. She is due to perform at Co-op Live on May 30.