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Posted by Robert
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11/26/2003 5:13:23 AM

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A melee broke out at Madison Square Garden last night when hundreds of fans without tickets tried to get into a Jay-Z concert, Garden officials said.

Police were called at 9:15 p.m. when fans crashed through the gates moments after the concert started. Six people were arrested, four for disorderly conduct, cops said.

A Garden security officer who did not want his name used said hundreds of fans rushed all the entrances simultaneously.

"They tore down the gates and hit the alcohol concessions," he said. "We had to shut all the entrances down. It was crazy. Absolute mayhem."

The chaos and bizarre behavior continued outside the Garden after the doors were secured.

A woman was detained by police for slapping a uniformed cop who tried to stop her from assaulting a man, the guard said.

Another woman rushed toward the arresting officer with a plastic bottle, but another cop tackled her, the guard added.

A drunken man smashed a bottle on the sidewalk and started stuffing the shattered glass into his mouth while daring cops to arrest him, according to the guard.

The concert, "Jay-Z and Friends," is billed as a farewell concert for the 33-year-old Brooklyn-born rap icon.

Jay-Z announced last month that he would retire from touring and making albums.

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