Eight Concertgoers Stabbed At R. Kelly Concert

Last night's R. Kelly concert in Miami was marred by violence, as eight concertgoers were stabbed during a melee that broke out just as the R&B singer was taking the stage at Miami Arena.

According to "The Miami Herald," all of the injured were transported to nearby Jackson Memorial Hospital, where most were treated and then released. However, one fan did receive serious injuries from the stabbing.

A police spokesman told the paper that the stabbings apparently grew out of an altercation between a few fans at a concession stand in the Arena, then quickly escalated into an all-out brawl of 40-50 people that spilled out into the venue's concourse.

The United Press International reports that Miami police have already taken one man into custody and are currently searching for several other suspects believed to be involved in the incident.

Last night's stabbings are the latest (and most serious) black eye for the tumultuous R. Kelly outing, which was to have featured Busta

Rhymes, Foxy Brown, Nas, Deborah Cox, and Kelly Price. But things began to come unglued when Busta Rhymes withdrew from the tour prior to its launch last month in Philadelphia (see "Busta Rhymes Pulls Out Of R. Kelly Tour").

Slow ticket sales then prompted Kelly's camp to pare down the number of dates for the outing, which was then sent reeling in late May and early June when Kelly Price, Foxy Brown, and Deborah Cox all dropped off the tour in quick succession (see "R. Kelly To Scale Back Tour Plans").

We'll have more on this story as information becomes available.