1D fans 'offloading cut-price tickets after drug claims'

Searches for One Direction tickets on ticket resale site Viagogo have rocketed by 287% amid a surge in cut-price resale listings after a video was leaked showing the band's Zahn Malik appearing to smoke cannabis.

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1D fans 'offloading cut-price tickets after drug claims'

Searches for One Direction tickets on Viagogo have rocketed by 287% amid a surge in cut-price resale listings after a video was leaked showing the band's Zahn Malik appearing to smoke cannabis.

The ticket marketplace site said 1D listings had risen by 79% in the last 24 hours as fans and parents looked to resell their tickets to see the boyband in concert.

One Direction's position as this year's most popular entertainment act is being tested after negative headlines. Credit: PA Wire

Tickets are being offloaded for as low as £15, more than half their face value, which Viagogo said follows a similar pattern after other pop acts made negative headlines.

Ticket listings for Miley Cyrus shows increased by 86% early this month after "a run of controversial headlines and provocative behaviour", a Viagogo spokesperson said, while sales of Justin Bieber tickets declined last year after reports emerged claiming the star had visited a Brazilian brothel.

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