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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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91.

Gemini545    

Shonny are you really this stupid? Hahahaha...I guess you are honey....

2546 days ago
92.

Dallas    

to shonny , no matter how much you take up for this asswipe get over it. his music still sucks.

2546 days ago
93.

Susan    

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.

2546 days ago
94.

dahoss    

Another pedophiler somehow made famous.

2546 days ago
95.

Amazing    

Laura Ingraham said that this girl was badly bruised, and I can see why. But knowing as many Trinidadians as I do, their women act worse than that - they call it being "worthless."

Tara looks like a fool riding around on this animal. Black men have destroyed the image of black women, now they are working on the white ones. White men will not protect their families anymore because they are terrified of being called a racist. So everybody has to suffer because no one will stop these low-lifes from hurting women.

And you say you like his 'music.' How much will you sacrifice for him?

2546 days ago
96.

Sasha    

The video shows the end of the "competition" with like 7 girls, right? The still photos of her "riding" Akon before he did this will be called into question by his lawyers. She danced VERY SEXUALLY and her attire was sexy as hell. She does not look her age.

Akon's dancing definitely could have bruised the girl, no doubt about that. He was just trying to be outlandish on stage to hype the crowd. Was his flopping her around a bit much? HELL YES!!!! It was flippin' crazy!! But, she was very erotic with Akon BEFORE the simulated sex dancing and he was definitely hype off her sexual nature.

TMZ should get in trouble for saying Akon simulated rape and he should turn around and sue TMZ who know he was simulating sex (though rough sex). TMZ is smart enough to know that he was simulating sex with her, not rape. NO ONE KNEW HER AGE!! She got herself in a lot of trouble and now they think this lawsuit will paint her in a different light. Um...NOOOOOTT!!

Would I get up on stage with a singer. HELL NO!! They simulate sex all the flippin' time. I just saw a shot of a dancer bent over in front of Ricky Martin. It's like "Enter at your own risk" or something.

I think Akon went a tad overboard, but he is not the only one to dance like that with a female fan. I think the girl is wrong as well. She knew she was not supposed to be there and went up there and grinded all up on Akon to win the dance contest. She knew well that Akon is too old for her to even think about dancing with him in that way, yet she went up on that stage.

THEY ARE BOTH AT FAULT!!! Should he go to jail for some grown looking girl who we can all say had a lot of fun is now popular at school over this with a big cheese grin, HECK NO! Should he change his show somewhat? YES!!

2546 days ago
97.

Barbara    

#15 Jessica how dare you make such a generalization!!! it sounds like you could be jealous!

2546 days ago
98.

Rick    

He should be charged. But the bad thing is he will get away just like R. Kelly. These people need to be held accountable for being pedophiles

2546 days ago
99.

Your'e Fired!    

Its NASTY Ni--ers like this that give us a bad name.....DAMN!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2546 days ago
100.

Sasha    

97. He should be charged. But the bad thing is he will get away just like R. Kelly. These people need to be held accountable for being pedophiles


Posted at 9:21PM on May 4th 2007 by Rick

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Rick, you can't compare Akon to R. Kelly. R. Kelly knew he was with a youngster. Akon did not know her age. Does she look 14/15 to you??

2546 days ago
101.

miss info    

jessica - so if someone has tattoos and wears a revealing shirt, they are "no stranger to sex?" and if someone is no stranger to sex, they deserve to get mauled by an a*hole? like stanz commented, 15 or 35, no one deserves to be publicly humiliated like that. start using your brain.

2546 days ago
102.

Willy    

Where is Sharpton and Jackson... They need to put this guy away ...

2546 days ago
103.

Kells    

If people saw the pictures of the gilr, they would see that see was dressed like she was a grown ass woman. She looked like she was 20 something and how the hell was he supposed to know her age? Where the hell was her mother? So people need to stop judging him and check out the damn pictures. That girl didnt look anything like a 15 yr old.

2546 days ago
104.

Leslie S.    

I feel especially bad for Gwen Stefani. She is an innocent person in all of this and now her tour is no longer being sponsored by Verizon because Akon has to be a royal moron and do that to that girl. Granted, she was there illegally, but that shouldn't be done to ANYONE on stage. It's degrading. Gwen, I still love ya, and loved you in Phoenix last week!

2546 days ago
105.

Gunda    

I was in the Akon concert in Trinidad and saw everything live on stage. His "performance" was an insult to the intelligence of Trinidad people. I was outraged from the start and nobody knew then that the girl is only 15. This is not how Trinidadians dance and it is not customary in Trinidad for a 15 year old girl to go out into an adult club dressed in a extremely skimpy outfit - just wanted to make that clear. This incident caused a BIG controversy in Trinidad with newspaper and radio coverage for weeks! I am glad that Verizon took a stand against that sort of behavior! Congrats! Gunda

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