Entourage member sprayssinger R. Kelly at concert
NEW YORK -- A member of rapper Jay Z's entourage released pepper spray at R. Kelly during a joint concert at Madison Square Garden, Kelly's publicist said.
The spraying happened about an hour into Friday night's show, when Kelly walked on stage and said he saw two people in the audience waving guns, publicist Allan Mayer said. Kelly abruptly stopped his set around 9:30 p.m. while MSG security employees searched for weapons.
Finding none, guards told Kelly it was safe to continue performing, Mayer said. But as the singer was making his way back to the stage, a man in Jay Z's entourage -- apparently miffed that Kelly interrupted the show -- sprayed him and two of his bodyguards in the face.
"I'm pretty sure Jay didn't realize what was going on," Mayer said in a phone interview.
All three men were treated at St. Vincent's Hospital and released, Mayer said.
Jay Z performed for another 45 minutes after Kelly was sprayed, Mayer said.
In a radio interview on Hot 97 FM radio Friday, Jay Z said he couldn't understand why Kelly left the stage.
"You can't get a gun inside Madison Square Garden," the rapper said. "If people give me love, he can't take it."
The two are in the midst of a 40-city "Best of Both Worlds" tour, scheduled to run through Nov. 28.
Cash's first wife triesto acquire special bench
SAN ANTONIO -- The first wife of the late singer Johnny Cash says she would like to own the San Antonio River Walk bench that she and Cash carved their names on in 1951 -- but city officials say that's unlikely.
Vivian Distin told the San Antonio Express-News she rediscovered the bench two weeks ago during a visit to San Antonio and asked city officials if she could have it if she paid to replace it. The city, realizing the bench's historic value, quickly locked it away in a storage room out of fear that someone would steal or damage it, the paper reported Friday.
Malcolm Matthews, director of the city's parks and recreation department, said the bench probably could not be relinquished.
Cash was an 18-year-old cadet at Brooks Air Force Base and Distin was his 17-year-old girlfriend when they carved "Johnny loves Vivian" on the cedar bench. Shortly afterward, the military sent Cash to Germany. Over the next three years, Cash frequently referred to the bench in love letters to Distin.
"He would ask if I was visiting the bench and [say] how often he thought about that walk and us carving our names," Distin said. "It was a big part of our courtship."
Cash pledged to remain faithful to Distin in his song "I Walk the Line."
Today's birthdays
Former Attorney General Griffin Bell is 86. Author Dick Francis is 84. Actress Barbara Bel Geddes is 82. Former Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk is 82. Movie critic Andrew Sarris is 76. Former astronaut Michael Collins is 74. Actress Lee Grant is 73. CBS anchorman Dan Rather is 73. Actor Ron Rifkin is 65. Actor David Ogden Stiers is 62. Actress Sally Kirkland is 60. Singer Kinky Friedman is 60. Actress Deidre Hall is 56. NBC anchorwoman Jane Pauley is 54. Actor Brian Stokes Mitchell is 46. Movie director Peter Jackson is 43. Rock musician Larry Mullen Jr. is 43. Actor Dermot Mulroney is 41. Rock musician Mikkey Dee (Motorhead) is 41. Rock singer-musician Johnny Marr is 41. Actor Rob Schneider is 40. Country singer Darryl Worley is 40. Rap musician Adrock is 38. Songwriter Adam Schlesinger is 37.
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