Once again, CW's hit series Riverdale is filming in and around Vancouver. And while much of the city is no doubt stoked to have Archie and the gang back in town, the same can't be of one local busker who had a nasty clash with Jughead actor Cole Sprouse.
While the series was busy filming its second season in Vancouver this week, Sprouse got into a heated argument with local busker Babe Coal. The show was attempting to film outside the Vancouver Art Gallery on Robson Street when Sprouse approached Coal and asked her to turn down the volume so they could continue filming.
"We're begging you. Our production in there, we can't film anything," Sprouse tells the busker in some fan-captured footage.
But when Coal refuses to stop playing and asked for money to leave the spot, things get even uglier. "I know you're asking for compensation," Sprouse responds. "We're asking for simply an hour to finish this."
When Coal doubles-down on her demand for compensation, Sprouse tells a growing crowd of onlookers, "Just in case you don't know how this works, this is one of the secrets of film production. We give a location to the city and then some scam artists come out and..."
And it's here where Coal interrupts him and states, "Excuse me? Excuse me, I'm going to interrupt you. I play here regularly, every day. I play here every day. So you guys came into where I perform. You can't call me a scam artist. What you are is cheap."
Sprouse eventually just turns and begins to walk away, saying, "I asked you to stop… for an hour."
You can watch it all play out below.
Eventually police were called to the scene, but no arrests were made. Riverdale was unable to finish filming its scene, however.
Another fan-captured video later shows Sprouse supposedly breaking one of Coal's CDs, though it appears that it was a request from a fan and not his own idea. You can watch that clip below. CTV reports, Coal's real name is Megan Regehr, who has reportedly had multiple citations for illegally busking in Vancouver, where you need a licence. However, a licence is not required to busk outside the art gallery, where Riverdale was shooting.
The incident has led to a ton of attention towards Babe Coal — not all of which has been positive. As such, she's been tweeting up a storm ever since. Below you can read a few of her highlights.
Tonight I was detained unlawfully w/ no charge & not read my rights for the purpose of intimidation in a non Police Civil matter— Babe Coal (@BabeCoal) July 13, 2017
I was not breaking the law and was performing in an area that was not the Jurisdiction of the Vancouver Police— Babe Coal (@BabeCoal) July 13, 2017
I was performing on a lovely evening for an appreciative crowd at my usual Robson Square spot. Police unlawfully acted as "Rent a Cops"— Babe Coal (@BabeCoal) July 13, 2017
Tonight VPD did not act as Peace Officers, they tried to get me alone w/ out witnesses by waiting for people to leave before detaining me— Babe Coal (@BabeCoal) July 13, 2017
Riverdale Cast and crew who surrounded me should be ashamed at how they treated me last night, you can't treat people like that.— Babe Coal (@BabeCoal) July 13, 2017
Riverdale cast and crew were misinformed as to the facts of what happened and how I was rudely mistreated durring my performance— Babe Coal (@BabeCoal) July 13, 2017
I had to wait 2 hours for that spot, no one stopped that other amplified artist who was louder than me. And sound crew was in support of me— Babe Coal (@BabeCoal) July 13, 2017
I had a mic, i did not scream. I defended myself when i was being yelled at by people and slandered to a crowd of actors surrounding me.— Babe Coal (@BabeCoal) July 13, 2017
Riverdale cast were acting like trolls towards me.— Babe Coal (@BabeCoal) July 13, 2017
Cole Sprouse slandered me and acted terribly he should be ashamed. What he and cast did was abusive towards a member of the public.— Babe Coal (@BabeCoal) July 13, 2017
not only did they not wait for the song to finish, but they were rude to me and told me to leave right away or they would call the police.— Babe Coal (@BabeCoal) July 13, 2017
They did not ask me to turn down the volume anymore to accommodate them, they simply were rude demanding and threatening— Babe Coal (@BabeCoal) July 13, 2017
forcing me to stop my performance for my audience with no other choice given I told them they should compensate me for my loss— Babe Coal (@BabeCoal) July 13, 2017
They refused to compensate me then escalated and called the police, the police tried to bully me under pressure from the crew— Babe Coal (@BabeCoal) July 13, 2017
Cole Sprouse acted like a spoiled brat and tried to bully me with his popularity. He has no idea that his actions make him look bad not me.— Babe Coal (@BabeCoal) July 13, 2017