A woman at a Nassau Coliseum hip-hop show was hit in the head by a metal folding chair during an altercation between concertgoers and the entourage of the rapper DMX, Nassau police said.
DMX was a headliner at Saturday night's Hot 97 Back to School Jam. A number of prominent hip-hop artists including Lloyd Banks, a member of 50 Cent's G-Unit posse, also performed at the show.
Time constraints may have played a factor in the scuffle, which police said erupted after DMX's 15-minute set ended at about 11:45 p.m.
Banks, who preceded DMX, took the stage after more than an hour of delay and performed a short half-hour set that ended when the sound died. The sound was turned off again midway through DMX's performance, apparently triggering an outburst from the volatile rapper, who has had previous brushes with the law.
"DMX ran back, jumped off stage and started a fight with the sound person," Det. Sgt. Herb Daub of Nassau's Third Squad said Sunday.
The rapper and his entourage left the stage but returned soon after and began throwing bottles of water at the audience, police said.
"A member of the audience picked up a steel folding chair and threw it on stage," Daub said. "It was thrown back off by a member of DMX's entourage and it struck the victim in the head."
Police said the man who allegedly threw the chair had dreadlocks. The victim, 29, whom police did not identify, was taken to Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow and treated for her injuries.
DMX, whose given name is Earl Simmons, could not be reached for comment Sunday. A spokesman for DMX's record label, Sony Urban, was unable to locate the artist's representative.
Daub said Nassau police officers are usually present during events at the Coliseum. A special operations team was called in to clear the venue after a witness to the chair-throwing incident called 911, he said.
Spectacor Management Group, which leases and operates the Nassau Coliseum, could not be reached for comment.
Third Squad detectives are investigating the matter as an assault; anyone with information about it is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-224-TIPS.