Flung fan fall-out finds Akon facing charges in Fishkill

Singer charged with endangering the welfare of a minor and second-degree harassment after spectator struck by falling concertgoer

Akon is set for an entanglement with the legal apparatus of the town of Fishkill, New York, having been charged with offences relating to his alleged hurling of a fan from the stage during a concert there last summer.

The R&B singer who likes to call himself "Konvict" will once again find himself in court after a concertgoer hit by the person Akon allegedly hurled into the audience filed a complaint against Akon to the Fishkill authorities.

The incident occurred at a June 3 concert at Dutchess Stadium in Fishkill, a town north of New York City. After audience members said a spectator lobbed something at Akon, the singer asked the crowd to point out the culprit. A security guard picked out a 15-year-old and sent him up to the stage, where the singer hoisted him onto his shoulders and flung him into the crowd.

The boy landed on Abby Rosa, who told a local newspaper the Poughkeepsie Journal she was later diagnosed with a concussion resulting from the falling boy. She said she hired a lawyer and spoke to Fishkill police about the incident.

Akon is scheduled to be arraigned on a misdemeanor charge of endangering the welfare of a minor and second-degree harassment next Monday morning, according to the Fishkill chief of police, Donald Williams. The singer's lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, released a statement a few days after the original incident saying there was no basis for criminal charges.

In April, Akon drew criticism for performing simulated sex with a 14-year-old girl at a concert in Trinidad. He later apologized, saying he didn't realize the girl was underage.


Paul MacInnes

The GuardianTramp

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