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Akon Axed by Verizon Over Simulated Rape

5/4/2007 4:44 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Rapper Akon has been fired by Verizon -- and is being threatened with prosecution -- after he reportedly simulated a rape of a 15-year-old on stage during a concert in Trinidad a few weeks ago.

Verizon promoted Akon as one of the musicians on its mobile-phone music service, and said it would no longer sponsor the Gwen Stefani tour in which Akon, who recently performed on "American Idol," is the opening act.

The rapper invited 15-year-old Danah Alleyne onto the stage, and the girl obliged, thinking that she was entering a dance contest to win a "trip to Africa," as Akon promised. But when Alleyne "won" the contest, the "trip to Africa" turned out to be an on-stage encounter with Akon during which her "head was hitting the floor, said Alleyne to the Trinidad Express (via FOX News).

In its account of the incident, the Trinidad Express said that the "Smack That" rapper was "turning, twisting and even flipping [the girl's] body," while "mimicking sexual positions" and sandwiching the girl with the assistance of another performer. The Security Minister Fitzgerald Hinds said, in FOX News' report, that Akon should be prosecuted.

This isn't the first time Akon has done some sketchy work on stage. TMZ obtained exclusive footage of Tara Reid getting the Akon treatment during a party at the Sundance Film Festival.

A rep for Verizon told TMZ they were sponsoring Akon and made a decision this week to end the relationship for, as they called it, "reasons." Beyond that, the rep would not elaborate.

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Mi    

Now Ive heard of this a while..where can u see the video? everone seems to have different opinion of the whole thing...

2605 days ago
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Daddy wants some of the pie too.    

The girl in the Trinidad incident willingly jumped onstage, laid on her back and spread her legs. She was underaged in a club where you are supposed to be 18. She then posted the pics on her "MySpace" page where she said she was 19(she has since changed it to 15) and labeled the pics:" A very good time" I gave Akon a pass for that because he didn't know she was underage but now he had his bodyguard grab a 12-15 yr old kid who tossed a piece of paper or something, drag him onstage where Akon picked the kid up and tossed him int the crowd, something that could have seriously injured the kid. What's funny is that, had it not be a little kid Akon would not have done it. Coward. I haver never been a Akon fan but, now, I'm glad he's getting what's coming to him. He keeps acting the fool and, someday, somebody will probably cap him! As far as men degrading women, get a clue--when you eagerly jump onstage in front of a lot of people and allow it to happen you are degrading yourself!

2601 days ago
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VER NIKA    

THE GIRL DOESNT EVEN LOOK 15, SHE LOOKS 25, SO WTF...EVERYONE NEEDS TO CHILL

2573 days ago
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Cassi    

it's not even bad!!

2559 days ago
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iMrITEuRnOT    

I agree with most of you, Regardless of age, this behavior is bull$µit. I love dancing and I bet if I had a few drinks in me and having fun at a concert with my friends I would not hesitate to dance on a stage... But that doesn't mean I would want to get tossed around like a rag doll!!! He needs to be smacked and then beat the crap out of. That girl also needs to be taught a lesson but she's young and perhaps just needs better parents. Although i'm amazed that Gwen would condone this "performance" to degrade her female audience, I don't think The Idiot should be held criminally reponsible, it was the club that failed to do their job. But Verizon was dead on with pulling their sponsorship, too bad they waited so long. Gwen get a more worthy opening act!

2594 days ago
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Lyndsey    

it doesn't matter how you're dressed, or what tattoos you have (I personally, had a tattoo at the age of fourteen which my parents consented to)... I'm 21 and if I had been there and akon had whipped me out of the crowd and basically threw me to the floor and humped me violently, I would be suing. It is especially disturbing that the girl was 15, but something like that can only be considered assault, regardless of age, clothing, and tattoos. Stop being idiots, just because a girl is wearing a low shirt and has a tattoo and looks pretty doesn't mean she wants someone to toss her on the floor and ram himself against her. Get real.

2594 days ago
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moni    

Yuck!

2614 days ago
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moni    

Island Queen:
If everyone is accustomed to that kind of dancing in the Island culture why are people from the Islands so appalled? It may be normal in your Carribean eyes, but his performance as a man lacked good judgement regardless of her age. Since when did simulating sex become a part of concerts? R. Kelly, Janet Jackson, 2 Live Crew are all filthy-minded people. Unless they were unaware of her clothing, her parents should be kicked in the ass for allowing her to go out in public like that and who cares what the culture is I would have been horrified if I were an "innocent" woman being tricked into taking "a trip to Africa" in front of all of those people? You're talking a bunch of poppycock! Anything goes these days? It is filthy on his and her part. It is nasty and unneccessary. Is it an orgy or freakin' concert? I don't want to see that pornographic crap when I go to hear someone sing. No talent bastards and dumb girls/women get on my nerves with this mess. And people like you just want people to sit idly by and accept this as entertainment and as culturally acceptable and common events. Get some class!

2614 days ago
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Kevin    

i think that all yall folks tryna say akon is wrong for what he did are all stupid in the head because that 15 year old girl had no bussiness in that club and she probably knew what the H*ll she was doin that makes me sick when everyone wants to act like its his fault.He didn't know veryone makes mistakes.And whoever is callin this rape you are really dumb in the head how is dancing considered rape you d*mba**es.Anyone thats all i gots to say i support u akon

2613 days ago
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cachetes    

watching the video, akon has no reason to be at fault he grabbed her and lifted her up to dance... maybe to some people thats not a way to be dancing but lets be real now adays anything is called dancing,,,,,,,, anywho moral of my story is she could of backed off if she really did not want him to do that!! by the video she was enjoying it and did not look frightened or uncomfortable!!!!!!!!!

sorry people but it takes 2 to tango!!!!!!

2588 days ago
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bigpoppa    

Akon is a homophobic pervert that will get busted eventually! I hope his music sales TANK!

2588 days ago
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Marlon    

The show was suppose to be for 18 year-olds and older. He didn't know minors could even get in so he assumed she was over 18.

2588 days ago
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Ya Fatou    

Did i hear people call it RAPE ? Yow... gimme a break! Akon aint done nothing wrong the girl was under age and should not have been there period. So please shut up your stinky little holes you call mouth and mind you damn business "haters". If you come from Africa to America and make it to the top like he did, sell the number of records he sold on his first album then that's when you can start talking about Akon being a bad person.
Akon seem be be in a lot of troube lately and its all because of people who call themselves his fans. Lets for Godsake buy his records and attend his concerts in peace instead of putting him in a mess all the time.

Brother all i got to say is .. hold your head up high and do your thing . We've got your back!

Asalamalaikum!!!

2587 days ago
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adrienne    

The young girl should not have been at that concert in the beginning!!!!!!!!! I love you AKON and always will, but just be careful out there, lots of haters are out to get you baby!!!!!!

2584 days ago
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Katrina    

Whatever!!! Akon does not sing teenie bopper songs so why would a child be there in the first place, A child should not be in an adult atmosphere in the first place, and I saw the video, It may or may not have been a mistake but the under age girl being there was especially with adult supervision.

2584 days ago
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