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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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16.

ivy    

Way to demoralize a 15 year old child, Akon. What an asshole.

2665 days ago
17.

Here's your paper!!!    

Here we go again... I like his music... But he took it too far!!!! Shame on you AKON!!! Idiot!!!! Leave the young girls alone!!! Idiot!!

2665 days ago
18.

Hoff is a Joke, and I'm not laughing.    

If this is all true, how sad that this man is such a pig. Don't any of these people, who get big contracts, big money, lots of publicity, don't any of them have any integrity? Class? Manners?

How sad that these are the kind of people so many youth look up to. Akon, Britney, Paris, all of them losers. When can our youth look up to people who make a difference in our society? Instead, it's all about money.

2665 days ago
19.

kiki    

Good, I'm glad. I enjoy his music, but when I saw that clip online I could not believe it. It was beyond over the top.

2665 days ago
20.

Brandi    

Hey, I wonder if Al Sharpton is going to get involved in this? Bad image alert!!!

2665 days ago
21.

ladyli1    

i saw that tape and i would be surprised if she didn't come off the stage bruised, battered and scard

2665 days ago
22.

JENNIFER ANNISTON LITE    

InSepctor Gadget Go Screw Yourself! Idiot!!!!!


AKON Can Share a Cell with PARIS HILTON. He can Simulate on Her All He Wants. She Won't Mind

2665 days ago
23.

Shonny    

From the pics and the video the girl sure looks like she was having fun. Anyways how was he to know she is only 15. I mean the girl has very revealing clothes and a tattoo on her back and some heels on. I'm not sure if thats ok in Trinidad but I don't think it's approved of by any parent here especially if your parent is a minister.

2665 days ago
24.

ivy    


Thanks Verizon for stepping up to the plate and pulling your financial support from this asshole. Let him finance his own tour.

2665 days ago
25.

Shannon    

I hate Tara Reid but he did the same thing to her awhile ago.
Shouldn't this somehow violate his parole or something?!

2665 days ago
26.

Dallas    

good. both he and his whiny music voice totally sucks.

2665 days ago
27.

ivy    

Shonny:

What part of 'simulated rape' don't you understand? Whether she's 15 or 35.

2665 days ago
28.

Jessica    

Umm....she does NOT look like a 15 year old! And for the most part she looked like she was enjoying that! Trust me, dressed like that with tattoos on her back at that age, she's no stranger to sex!

2665 days ago
29.

JENNIFER ANNISTON LITE    

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

NEW MUSIC SOON YA'LL

2665 days ago
30.

Dallas    

to # 10, if you are a child of a minister what are you doing at a concert anyways. shouldn't they be at bible study classes? get a life.

2665 days ago
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