UPDATE, 2:31 PM: According to sources on the Golden Globes red carpet, a crew’s light may have gotten too close to a heat detector accidentally activating sprinklers, Awardsline Deputy Editor Anna Lisa Raya reports from the scene. There are also witness reports of sulfur-like smell. Globes producer Dick Clark Productions blames a sprinkler malfunction for the soggy situation and says the mess has now been cleaned up. The red carpet will open as planned ahead of the evening’s awards show. “We can confirm that there was a malfunction with a sprinkler near the red carpet,” said Dick Clark Productions. “The situation was quickly resolved. Despite the incident the red carpet will open at its regularly scheduled time. We heard some of the biggest names in entertainment were coming to The Golden Globe Awards tonight and we wanted to give the carpet one last wash before it opened.”
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PREVIOUS, 12:53 PM: Tonight’s Golden Globes red carpet might be soggier than expected as celebs strut into the Beverly Hilton. According to E! News reporter Kristen Dos Santos, a “massive” seepage of “black fluid” seeped onto a portion of the red carpet just a few hours before the start of arrivals. “A good one fifth of the red carpet is ruined,” she Tweeted with the photo at left. “We are being asked to leave while they fix a massive leak of black fluid. Not good. Only people on platforms can stay.” The 71st annual Golden Globes live broadcast begins tonight at 5 PT/8ET. Developing…
AwardsLine’s Anna Lisa Raya contributed to this report.