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Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Trouble For Akon



Word has spread that in a concert in Trinidad and Tobago held on April 20th at an 18 and over club, rapper Akon called out a girl from the crowd on stage. Donning a low-cut bathing suit and jeans, the girl (who credible sources are reporting is the 15-year old daughter of a preacher) began to dance with Akon and his DJ. Akon then pulled her aside and simulated graphic sex with her before sandwiching her with the DJ. Video footage of the performance quickly popped up on youtube.com and other Internet sites. But according to various websites, Akon's music label (Universal) has sent out cease and desist orders to prevent the video footage from being viewed.

In a statement to the Trinidad Guardian, the young girl is reported to have said: “I am ashamed about what happened. I got carried away in the moment ... my parents had no clue I was going to the concert or how I was dressed ... I told them I was going with my cousins for ice cream.”

Verizon (a sponser of Akon as well as his tour with Gwen Stefani) dropped their contract with Akon, stating: “After . . . consideration of various issues, Verizon made the business decision last week to no longer support Akon in any way, including pulling out of the Stefani concert tour sponsorship to which he had been booked as an act.”

This story has been catching wind in celebrity blogs and online news sources, and this is likely not the last we are going to hear of Akon and his Trinidadian concert. Even if Akon did not know that the girl was underage, it is really disappointing and disturbing to see such a display of graphic and degrading behavior from Akon. But then again, can we really expect better from someone who recorded songs such as Smack That and I Want to F*** You?

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

the girl should not have been at an 18 plus club. there's a reason the club is 18 plus. besides, akon has been dancing nasty like that since the beginning of time. i don't know why this particular romp is any different.

Anonymous said...

@ anon forget the girl's age...no woman regardless of age should have been treated that way! he left her on the floor for goodness sakes!

Anonymous said...

Akon will be okay, if eminem, r kelly and many celebrities can do worse than that and be fine..he will be okay.

He was in the spirit of the performance and that gal should not have been in that club anyways.

Anonymous said...

i bet the lady was not complaining, till the video came out..and how exactly was she treated that was different from what one sees in the club these days..

josephine said...

both akon and the girl are stupid. he shouldn't be simulating sex on stage and she shouldn't have been there. stupid, stupid, stupid!

Anonymous said...

If Akon ain't get his act together he's gona go down d memory lane just like many N.... brodas had.... he shouldn't let his success overshadow his senses...a word is enough for a wise

Anonymous said...

there was a time that I used to like Akon, but ever since some of his latest hits, I have been quite disgusted. This act only serves to bolster that negative image I have of him.

Anonymous said...

i think verizon are such hypocrits. they sponsored akon knowing all about his raunchy lyrics and then they see an act like this and pull the plug on the tour. come on! they knew what he was all about before this.