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Arrested Subway Musician Says MTA Rules Allowed Him to Stay

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A subway performer claims he was doing nothing wrong after being arrested last week for getting into an argument with a police officer on a station platform.

It happened early Friday morning at the Lorimer Street-Metropolitan Avenue station on the G line.

Video shows the officer trying to eject the performer, who says that according to the MTA's Rules of Conduct he is allowed to be there.

After the initial disagreement the performer goes back to playing.

The officer orders him to stop and even takes his guitar, but he continues singing anyway.

The performer then attempts to start playing again, but is ejected from the station.

Police charged the man with loitering.

The MTA's Rules of Conduct appear to allow for artistic performances as long as they do not interfere with transit service.

NY1 has reached out to the NYPD to find out why the singer was arrested.

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