Akon Denies Wrongdoing in Fan Tossing Incident, 2nd Victim Comes Forward
On Sunday at Dutchess Stadium, during a KFest concert staged by Fishkill-based WSPK (104.7 FM), a 15 year-old boy was pointed out by fans and then picked from the crowd by a security guard after throwing something onto the stage at artist Akon (birth name Aliaune Damala Bouga Time Puru Nacka Lu Lu Lu Badara Akon Thiam). The young boy was picked up, place on Akon’s shoulders and then thrown in mid-air by the artist back into a crowd of fans.
According to Abby Rosa, the 15 year-old boy landed on her in which she quickly felt a headache and blurry vision and was later diagnosed with a concussion. She said she has hired a lawyer and spoke to Fishkill police about the incident, and that she just wants an apology from Akon.
Once the young teens mother learned of the incident she immediately contacted authorizes and told them his name.
Currently no charges have been filed against the R&B singer, however authorities are still looking to question the teen whose name is believed to be Anthony, but hasn’t been released.
A Fishkill town official told newspapers the boy was not hurt and left the stadium after declining medical treatment.
Akon believes he didn’t commit any crimes according to his lawyer on Thursday.
“Given the information that we have reviewed to date, it does not appear to us that Akon was involved in any criminal conduct whatsoever,” says his attorney Benjamin Brafman in a statement. “We are prepared to fully cooperate with any law enforcement agency that may be investigating this incident. We are confident that after a thorough investigation it will be apparent that no criminal prosecution of Akon is warranted.
Police are now questioning Akon and wondering why would the star pull a stunt like that.
The event was caught on video and posted on the Web. (See the clips below.)
So far, no charges have been filed.
Akon’s sophomore album ”Konvicted” released on November 14, 2006, has sold more than 2 million copies in the United States. Akon’s hits include ”Don’t Matter,” ”I Wanna Love You” with Snoop Dogg and ”Smack That” with Eminem. This single peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 for five consecutive weeks and was certified platinum after seven weeks, and after sixteen weeks it was certified double platinum.