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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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2697 days ago


good point stanz. shonny it appears that you don't know what you are talking about.

2697 days ago


As far as Akon knew the girl was 21, and what he did is something he does a lot in shows, and it's received well (I personally think it's over the top, but to each audience its own). Stop demonizing the man for making a mistake which the club should be liable for (nice job leaving out the part where the 21+ club allowed her inside).

2697 days ago


relax folks, once the politically correct notice that he's black, they'll throw him a parade for promoting free speech & his interpretation of the hood.

2697 days ago


Thanks Michelle Malkin and Laura Ingraham for going after Verizon this week and all your audience who canceled their Verizon accounts. Money talks.

2697 days ago

Vivian Chapman    

Hello Al And Jesse these are actions not words..where are your high moral standards now.....oh she has beautiful she doesn't deserve grovelling and people losing thir jobs over it!!!! Actions HURT Words don't!!!!

2697 days ago


Nubian Goddess:

Kids will be kids. They sneak out to concerts. The girl was probably thrilled to be on stage with her idol. He probably could have stripped her naked, put a leash on her and pissed all over her and she probably would have taken it. When she saw the video of herself it's possible -- just possible that she might have felt ashamed, embarassed and taken advantage of.

He's an adult. Whether the girl is 15 or 25, why is this part of his act?

2697 days ago


First of all we can debate about this all day. There is both a right and a wrong. It is wrong for her to be there in there first place.Obviously the father which we call the minister isnt keeping up with his daughter cause everyone is making comments about it and the first comment he made was well my daughter dances and is good, she has won many competions.So with that being said what kind of dances do you think she was competing for gospel? No!! So now since everyone say oh that is bad he is now like akon is a bad man and this and that. Do any of your 15 year old daughters got tattoos or has a shirt in the closet like that not to mention there are pics and video of her on top of him riding him on stage.Again have you seen any of your 15 yr olds doing that so how was he to know how old she is.Then if you do know anything about dancing in trinidad Africa or anywhere over seas like that it is highly aggresive.Compare reggae videos and concerts to hip hop or rock for that matter totally different so before anyone say anything negative think is my 15 yr old looking like this?

2697 days ago

Buck Naked    

Where's the great Rev Al & Sharpton on this ????

Come on ... let's here the condemnation ... or does it only apply to old white men and not black rappers?

2697 days ago

A-yo Leroy!    

I don't think you guys are getting the full story here. Not that i agree with Akon simulating sex with women on stage(something he does in EVERY one of his shows), but that little girl lied to her parents about going to that club and said she was going out for ice cream. Then she snuck into an 18 and over club with her friends which is why Akon thought she was at least 18 years old. If you google this story, you can find pictures of her writhing around on TOP of Akon sexually during the competition and bending over in front of him while grinding provocatively-all of which while laughing and smiling. TMZ's story makes it seem like she was forced and like Akon KNEW she was underage. This little girl was hot in the pants and lied about her age. You can look down on Akon for dancing that way, but it's not illegal.

2697 days ago


I'm not going to defend what this guy did, but where were the parents? Did they not know where their child was going? I don't know who this guy is and even I have seen that clip on tv of Tara Reid. Note to this guy though: ID everyone before you start the show in case their parents don't care where they are. I didn't read through all the comments, but if this girl is in fact a minister's daughter, then they REALLY don't have anything to complain about... I would think a minister would be the first person to stop their kids (and everyone else's kids for that matter) from going to that show... Unbelievable.

2697 days ago

yero abdul ba    

Akon is just a porn star .

2697 days ago


what an arse../.fame can only last all but 15 minutes for the wrong person...he needs to go back to the rat hole he was released from..obviously the law made a mistake letting him out

2697 days ago


I hope disgraceful, ugly pigs like this are not who the youth of today are following. Band together and let the world know that we will not be degraded by people like this. We are better than that and deserve better.

2697 days ago

Buck Naked    

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