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Massive rave 'worth it' to party's host despite overdoses

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More than 2,000 people gathered at a Michigan man’s home for a rave, and despite the trouble, he said it’s been all worth it. (Source: WXMI/CNN) More than 2,000 people gathered at a Michigan man’s home for a rave, and despite the trouble, he said it’s been all worth it. (Source: WXMI/CNN)

HINTON TOWNSHIP, MI (WXMI/CNN) – “Simply epic” is how a Michigan man describes a massive rave party he held at his family’s 100-year-old farm house.

“People could have been laying out in my yard dead this morning. I'm glad the police were here and the ambulances," James Taylor said.

Taylor, 20, says it was a party for the record books, capturing images while standing on the roof of his home with a crowd of roughly 2,000 cheering him on. The party had two DJ’s, a fire thrower, go-go dances and strippers.

He said he successfully through the largest party to ever hit west Michigan.

"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. I didn't make this kid pass out on my floor. People wanted to be here. That was their decision."

The party wasn’t just outside. He said at least 500 people were inside the small home.

Taylor said his home got so crowded, people couldn’t move from one room to the other, and the floor boards were shaking because of all the weight.

“You see people, literally, if you wanted to come let's say the garage and you were walking in, it would have taken you 20 minutes to get to here," Taylor said.

Taylor said it was a gathering to celebrate a high school friend’s birthday, and also a goodbye party for him before he moves to California next week. Taylor said his address was given out at about 4 p.m. on Saturday, just enough time for a head’s up for 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," Taylor said.

The Mecosta County, MI Sheriff’s Office said at least 2,000 people, many of them under 21 years old, attended the party, resulting in at least six drug overdoses and the sexual assault of a 19-year-old woman.

Taylor said that for those who ask if he should be held accountable for it that he is.

“I am. It's my house. You got to deal with it afterwards, but apparently it was worth it," Taylor said.

Accepting part of the responsibility, Taylor said he was unaware anyone at the party was underage, and says their parents should be held accountable for that.

"Anytime 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,” Taylor said. “So, I think some parents should do some reflections on their parenting before they start getting mad at me."

Now more popular than ever, Taylor isn’t ruling out another party.

“There’s always a coming home party,” Taylor said. "I feel like anybody that's got a real problem with me partying out here, in the middle of nowhere is a spaz."

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