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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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76.

yessir    

ACTUALLY THE GIRLS 14. and her father's a minister. AND LOL!!!! @ A TRIP TO AFRICA!!!

2726 days ago
77.

annab    

and TARA REID likes being treated this way why???????????

2726 days ago
78.

Frankie Hoge    


TOLD YA !!!!!!!!

THESE PEOPLE ARE FILTHY...NASTY ""TRASH"""...NOT FIT TO BE AROUND ANYONE WHO IS DECENT...THEY BELONG IN CAGES WHERE THEY CAN'T ASSULT LITTLE GIRLS.........

WHERE IS OLE """"AL...BIG MOUTH.....SHARPTON""""????
HE'S THE PROTECTOR OF THESE ANIMALS...WHERE IS THE LAW ??? THEY CAN SCREAM AND YELL TO THE TOP OF THEIR LUNGS ABOUT IMUS AND YET LOOK AT HOW THEY REACT TO THIS FILTH...

.THE LIBERALS HAVE DONE NOTHING MORE THAN TRASH AMERICA...WANTING TO CLOSE THEIR EYES AS LONG AS THEY CAN GET THAT VOTE......
IT'S WAY BEYOND BEING POLITICALLY CORRECT,,,,IT'S TIME TO STOP ALL THE CRAZY DRUGGIE...DRUNK....OUT OF CONTROL DEGENERATES...THIS INCLUDE THE TRASHY PARIS HILTON...BRITTANY AND """ALL""" THOSE WHO THINK LIFE IS IGNORING EVERY LAW.......THERE ARE TOO FEW ROLL MODELS FOR THE AMERICAN YOUTH.. AND THE NUMBER IS SHRINKING EVERYDAY........""ALL""" THE TRASH NEEDS TO BE BOOTED !!!! PERIOD...
........

2726 days ago
79.

yessir    

This story is wrong the girl is 14.

2726 days ago
80.

yessir    

a trip to africa wtf? dumb bitches will believe anything.

2726 days ago
81.

bebe    

She probably was putting up with it out of embarrassment. A 14 or 15-year-old might get dressed up to get maximum attention, might break curfew to go to a concert, but that doesn't mean she knew she was going to be mopped around the floor like that. It doesn't matter how old she is--that's so disrespectful to treat women like that and act like it's entertainment. Ugh.

And to say it's for a trip to Africa--it's like he's pretending to be a rapist, dangling a prize in front of a girl to get her to have sex with him--like he's acting out a rape fantasy on stage. Double ugh.

2726 days ago
82.

Maddy    

What amazes me is that many of you are defending this pig and again blaming the girl. I thought Akon was useless before this and and cannot understand why some people think that rappers should be given free reign to do whatever they want. Disgusting.

2726 days ago
83.

Lisa    

Okay, one question, where were the girl's parents? I have a fourteen year old daughter myself, and I'd have to be six feet under (along with her father, aunt, grandmother, uncle.........) before my child would be exposed to anything like this. This guy is a pig, but the parents are also fault for allowing this.

Glad to see Verizon stepped up and did the right thing.

2726 days ago
84.

Bella    

When are men going to start treating women like HUMAN BEINGS???

Unfortunately, This is nothing compared to what the men in Iraq are doing to the women.

http://www.freedom4um.com/cgi-bin/readart.cgi?ArtNum=51409

not for the weak-stomached.

2726 days ago
85.

Shonny    

no i aint but opinions should be made based on facts and well people are just going at akon he is this and he is that but the fact is the girl snuck in the club and lied about her aged and well he didnt know. everyone wants to point the finger at him when she was wrong from the time she walked in the door. Not to mention he does it at all his shows why do you think this one is so public. because she is 15 but she put herself in the situation he didnt call and say make sure there is a 15 yr old there for me at the 18 and older club. thats what i am saying so make all the opionions you want but at least have some fact to it

2726 days ago
86.

Enchanter    

The video with Tara Reid looked like an R-rated version of Night at the Roxbury.

Akon is an ass and should be in trouble for the whole thing. "Win a trip to Africa"? Wow, did he come up with that all by himself? You can't blame the girl for being young and stupid. Akon and his crew set the whole thing up so he could get his jollies abusing some woman from the audience.

He just happened to accidently pick a minor who's daddy is a minister.

2726 days ago
87.

carter    

Thank you Verizon for giving him the axe! I wish Gwen Stefani would kick him off her tour too. what a jerk!!!

2726 days ago
88.

Muhamad Bygon Choka    

Al Sharpton is an @$$.He will stick his big nose into this and blame it on racism as always.Hes a total fool,i cant stand him.He sucks.Hes a dirty bum.

2726 days ago
89.

tsk tsk tsk    

Wow!! Shocking...another "rapper" being a pig...and treating women like they are prostitutes...Real nice! I hope Gwen gets smart and dumps him as her opening act! I am so sick of these people...Grow up, and Get some class...better yet, "Better "axe" someone upstairs for some class!

2726 days ago
90.

moi_here    

Is her dad a preacher or her pimp? Who let's their 14 yr old go out dressed like that to an Akon concert in an 18+ club? A very bad parent -- one who is looking for $$$.

2726 days ago
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