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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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136.

Chain    

2664 days ago
137.

No matter    

Really disappointed. even you Akon!!!!!!!!!!
Don't tell us that nobody wanna see u together (u n' da lil girl) don't matter!

D.I.S.A.P.P.O.I.N.T.E.D.

2664 days ago
138.

Denmark Vesey    

First of all Akon is a SINGER, not a RAPPER. Secondly when have singers, rockers or rappers not given sexually extroverted performances on stage. This is a fabricated issue.

Notice Akon is subject to character assasination for simulating HETEROSEXUAL sex during a concert, while Madonna and Britney Spears were applauded for simultating HOMOSEXUAL sex during Prime Time television.

2663 days ago
139.

shayne    

AKON U R SO RETARTED!!!! CANT U GET SOMEONE UR OWN AGE????? I LOVE UR MUSIC, BUT I DONT LOVE THIS!!!!!

2663 days ago
140.

ALy    

You need to know that facts, the clubs was suppose to be for adults 18 and up. So that little fast a$$ girl should not have been there. It is not AKon job to ID people in a club. He did nothing wrong Watch your hot a$$ daughters, and there won't be a problem.

2662 days ago
141.

ALy    

THIS IS TO NUMBER# 70. I wonder...if this was a WHITE artist who did that to a 15 year old black girl, would Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson demand punishment??? Well, we won't see them criticizing Akon, that's for sure.

Posted at 7:11PM on May 4th 2007 by Tianna
BUT IF HE WAS WHITE WOULD ALL THIS BE A PROBLEM, UMMMMMMM MOST LIKELY NOT!!!. LMAO, YOU ALL ARE A JOKE. THIS IS PER COMEDY.

2662 days ago
142.

lacey    

Even thou this might be true...i dont think he show be prosecuted for that cause thats the way we dance every day in jamaica especially the dutty wine..she seems like a wild bitch been there in the first place...she should have never brought her ass on satge if she couldnt handle that ....watever to y'all whoo commented before...cause regardless he did nothing wrong....nuff love y'all i'm out

2662 days ago
143.

eddie on fire    

It sounds like Verizon is still taking care of Anotsokind. He is still making money from the ringtones available on the Verizon downloads. Keep up the pressure!

2662 days ago
144.

drea    

TO THE MORON THAT WROTE THIS (THAT CLAIMS TO BE BRITNEY SPEARS):

DON'T BELIEVE THIS STORY YA'LL. REMEMBER THEY TOLD US JAY Z WAS DEAD AND THEN A FEW MINUTES LATER THEY TOLD US HE WASN'T DEAD.

TMZ IS TELLING LIES ABOUT AKON TOO YA'LL

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ARE YOU FRIGGIN BRAIN DEAD? WATCH THE VIDEO!
THEY CAN'T MAKE THIS UP! OR DO YOU THINK THEY MADE THAT
TAPE TO FOOL EVERYONE?

YOU IDIOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2662 days ago
145.

Red Dawg    

Is Akon really to blame?
Yes he is, but what is he to be blamed for?

Akon is cited for dancing with a girl in a nightclub where the age limit is eighteen.
This girl left her fathers house, dressed the way she was, to go for ice cream at 10 o’clock at night and entered a nightclub, knowing that the age limit is eighteen.
How was Akon supposed to know that she was only fourteen, that she lied her way out of her fathers house and then lied her way into the nightclub?
Akon lied too, he told the crowd that it was a dance contest and that first place was a trip to Africa, and this stupid girl, who shouldn’t have been there in the first place didn’t posses the common sense not to go onstage.
Don’t get me wrong; I don’t condone anything that Akon did that night onstage,
I was there, and the way he lied and treated the women is shameful but don’t blame him for the girls age, there is no way he could have known…

2662 days ago
146.

Cass    

It doesnt matter how old she was, if her parents knew she was there. The bottom line is that this "man" is a disgusting pig. First he was simulating sex with an unsuspecting lady in front of a large crowd. Second, he was throwing her around like an animal, it looked quite painful. Third, this is not what "men" should do, this is just beyond wrong. Where are Al sharpton and jesse jackson now??? They wont do anything. Ugh this makes me sick

2661 days ago
147.

Son of California Dreamer rides agaain...    

There was a time when this guy would've been hanging from a tree for this, whether the girl was 15 or 35.

2661 days ago
148.

Son of California Dreamer rides agaain...    

If this had been a white artist doing this to a black girl, Al Sharpton would be gathering a riot gang in the streets already. I want to see him make a public statement now about how brutal and violent the male black artitsts of today are. And I want to hear him demand a stop be put to it.

2661 days ago
149.

blatttt    

dude
1. he didnt no she was 15
2. even if she wasnt he still wrong
3. they didnt even do nuttin really

2661 days ago
150.

sad    

The video is Tara Ried,not the 15 year old.

2661 days ago
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