Migos Are Being Sued For Inciting A Riot At A Concert That Caused Fans To Get Stabbed

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At a 2015 Migos concert at the Washington Avenue Armory in Albany, New York, a brawl broke out (video of which can be seen below) that led to multiple injuries, including six people getting stabbed during the mayhem. Now the operators of the venue are suing Migos, who they believe played a part in inciting the March 7, 2015 riot.

Times Union reports that the lawsuit, which comes right before the end of New York’s three-year statute of limitations for plaintiffs to file personal injury and property damage lawsuits, accuses Migos of encouraging fans to fight, which caused the brawl to erupt. Albany Basketball & Sports Corporation, the parent corporation of the venue, says in the lawsuit:

“During the defendants’ performance the defendants encouraged fans to fight, ‘give them hell,’ and kick ass. Rather than attempting to dissuade the crowd from fighting, Migos and/or their agents, servants and employees were heard encouraging, cheering and inciting the patrons to fight. As a result of the defendants’ actions, a brawl erupted and numerous patrons were injured.

[Migos] caused patrons to be stabbed, robbed, beaten, severely harmed, and injured as the defendants continued to incite a select group of individuals to continue the onslaught of attacks, assaults, and destruction of the premises. […] The defendants were seen laughing and egging the crowd on as metal gates were ripped from the ground and thrown into the crowd.”

The lawsuit seeks an unspecified amount for “property, personal, breach of contract, economic, loss of income, and loss of business and further damages to be determined,” and in a statement, Joe Bonilla, a spokesman for the venue, says:

“The significant, unfortunate actions by Migos […] have led to considerable business disruption to the Washington Avenue Armory and its parent, the Albany Basketball and Sports Corporation.

The unwarranted negative media attention and subsequent government actions against the Armory stemming from the event has placed an undue burden upon the Armory’s operations and its ability to attract programming. Therefore, on the eve of the three-year anniversary of that fateful concert, the Armory is taking this important action to remedy the losses incurred from and arising from that event.”

Around the time of the incident, TMZ reported that the Albany Police Department told them about the “non-life threatening injuries”:

“We’re told cops arrived on scene for a stabbing call around 12:50 AM… and found two victims — both were hospitalized. Minutes later… victims 3 and 4 came into the ER. Less than hour later, cops went to a home over a report of a stabbing… and found victims 5 and 6. Plus, a girl claims she was beat up and robbed in the bathroom.”

Neither Migos nor their management have yet to respond publicly to the lawsuit.