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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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61.

Catalina    

Let's not forget he lied to these girls telling them they would win a trip. that is false advertisement and now he really could be sued for it.

2673 days ago
62.

A-yo Leroy!    

don't put the blame on rappers for taking advantage of girls DUMB enough to put themselves in those situations in the first place. that little girl akon was dancing with knew exactly what she was getting into because that way of dancing is very common at caribbean concerts. Reggae artists pull girls up on stage and do that sort of thing all the time.

2673 days ago
63.

Brian    

How about this....How about all of you look at the pictures of this girl that she has on her website. How about you wonder how a 15 yr old got into a club thats meant for 18+. How about you think that Akon saw this girl and figured she was just as old as all the other women there. How about you start blaming parents for letting their little sluts go out of the house like this? I work in many clubs and I am terrified to even approach a girl because she may be a 15 yr old that looks like a 21 yr old. Dont blame a man who couldnt have any idea. What was he supposed to do, stop the show and ask for ID? Come on people use your damn heads

2673 days ago
64.

baby love    

very good verizon! more sponsors should follow with other entertainers. and finally we will have decent entertainers performing.

2673 days ago
65.

Shonny    

#24 The reason Verizon dropped them is becuause of comments like the one posted.Why did Imus get fired because enough people said it was wrong and action had to be taken thats why they dropped him. Just Like Akon Imus had made several racial comments in the past but how many have we really heard of 1 and well since everyone went off about it and as stated money talks enough people said something and he was gone.So if you read the comments they say Akon does it at all his shows so how long you think it will take before he either gets banned from doing shows or not allowed to have anyone on his stage at all.

2673 days ago
66.

ivy    

A-yo-Leroy and Shonny are rapists.

2673 days ago
67.

monique    

Great! I hope this sends a message to these nasty rascals. Akon's behavior was filthy. On top of that, he can't sing. I can't stand the sound of his voice.

2673 days ago
68.

Shonny    

Tenna:you dont have a clue. you just on here for fun. Get your facts together. I dont condone what he did at all.But If your able to travel like it was said above they dance like that and she dance with and without Akon on the stage and she was in an 18 and above club so therefore she would have been deemed legal So because she snuck in a club and got caught dancing on stage with a celebrity he is wrong be serious. How do you think she dances with boyfriend or dresses when she aint with a celebrity.she wasnt drunk so she was capable of saying she didnt want to go up there but she was up there when he wasnt. so she loved the attetion. is he suppose to stop in the middle of the concert and say where is your id. come be smart here

2673 days ago
69.

Gemini545    

This man (using the term loosely) and artist (joke) also claims to be Muslim....hahahaha Seriously though this isn't funny. Muslims 'real Muslims" would be horrified to be associated with such trash. And for Shonny and Jessica and I am sure many other ignoramuses to think that the way someone dresses, how old she looks or whether she has tatoos or not in any way shape or form excuses or helps us understand why this sorry excuse for a human would act this way...Get a clue, get a brain. And please don't have any children. There enough mindless people out there having kids already. So called "artists" like this and any corporation supporting or promoting their garbage ought to be horsewhipped...and that would be too kind...God help us all when people will actually exuse or try to justify the actions of such a PIG!

2673 days ago
70.

Check It!    

Actually she's 14yrs. Her parents did not know she was there (unlike what the article says).So she should of known better than to get on stage and ride the man no matter how "pressured" she was into doing it. And if anyone has seen her online pages she clearly loves the attention more than her school work. Sucks for Akon- Cause no matter how old a woman is you don't push them around on stage with your mid-section.

And PS Trinis do NOT have the same accent as Jamaicans....JAH!

2673 days ago
71.

Dallas    

to shonny. why are you blowin' up your keyboard over this asswipe? his music sucks anyway.

2673 days ago
72.

ivy    



SHONNY: ARE YOU AKON'S PUBLICIST OR SOMETHING? YOU DON'T OWN THIS BLOG. GET OVER YOURSELF. YOU'VE EXPRESSED YOUR OPINION NOW LET OTHERS.

2673 days ago
73.

A-yo Leroy!    

hey, #55, A-yo Leroy! is a girl and trust me, she's no rapist. Just a girl with common sense.

2673 days ago
74.

AkonConcertGoer    

I just was at a concert of Akon's in Tulsa, and he did the exact same thing. The whole "Trip to Africa" Contest. I thought the girl he picked was going to get hurt on stage, no telling how old she was..

2673 days ago
75.

THEMOMMA    

WHAT PIGS !!!!!!!!! BOTH HIM AND HER ...... TRUST ME SHE IS NO INNOCENT VICTIM HERE.......... THAT LITTLE 15 YR. OLD HAS BEEN AROUND A BIT........ CAN TELL ALOT BY JUST LOOKING AT HER.......... HER PREACHER POPPA BETTER GET A GRIP ON THAT ONE , IF IT'S NOT ALREADY TOOOO LATE .....STILL HE SHOULD'VE BEEN ARRESTED ON THE SPOT............... GOOD FOR VERIZON AND I HOPE HE LOSES HIS CONCERT GIG TOO

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