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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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121.

azeem    

this has been the big story here in trinidad for the last few weeks.
questions...
1. what was a 15yr old doing in that club?
2. what was the daughter of a pastor doing there?
3. why do "superstars' feel they can do what they want?
4. why do we accept this and let them get away with it?

way to verizon...at least someone is standing up to this crap.

2637 days ago
122.

Movie Me    

Shonny / Jessica and anyone else who thinks she didn't seem to upset or look like a 15 year old.

It really doesn't matter if she appeared to be enjoying it or not. The point is WHY would you simulate raping anyone? That is just stupid. It doesn't matter what color she is, how old she is OR what color he is. The sad part is he had already done this to Tara Reid and someone should have screamed when he violated her. Degrading anyone is not the behavior we as a society should put up with. Rape is a violent act, not one of sex or pleasure.

Her age or dress should not be the issue. The issue is his behavior is unacceptable and people should stop buying his music and radio stations should ban playing his music.

2637 days ago
123.

Vivian Chapman    

God Bless Verizon...look at the garish earring on this animal..he's not even human

2637 days ago
124.

ellie    

What a piece of garbage! Maybe the slime will go to jail again...and see how he likes it when someone there lets him win a "trip to Africa"....

2637 days ago
125.

Vivian Chapman    

Al and Jesse...is THIS BLACK PRIDE!!! YOU BETTER get on the band wagon about this one...I can still see that fool AL demanding Imus' resignation..and he was soooo phony about it ..poor messy haired girls they need a comb!!!!

2637 days ago
126.

reba24u    

Jessica # 15, I can't believe you made a comment like that,"she is no stranger to sex". That has nothing to do with a simulated rape scene. Shame on you and shame on Akron. I hope her parents sue his ass off.

2637 days ago
127.

Amazing    

Why is anybody calling for Sharpton & Jackson to run down to an island very close to South America and become involved in that madness? Akon is from somewhere else too and not one of us. I would think that the "men" of Trinidad would have come to the rescue of that unfortunate young girl. She got more than she bargained for, and nobody helped her. I don't care if she was buck naked, she did not deserve that.

He flung her around like a rag doll and could have hurt her. I remember when trinie fathers, brothers, uncles, cousins, etc. would have charged the stage and beat the hell out of that jerk for treating one of their women like that. I am disgusted with men the world over. There are no men anymore.

2636 days ago
128.

jas    

One thing is here she is 14 dress up someone that could pass off as 20 . the picture . By the look at her she is much to blame as he is .

the police should charge the nightclub owner for allowing these girls into the nightclub in the first place.

he should learn enough to smack dat show everyone how great he look in his sex way.
both are stuip but she cross the line when it come to dress like a slut.
sad to sad that she was 14 but she sould have better brains than that

2636 days ago
129.

recovery101Fan    

Hey, Rev Al what are you gonna do about this injustice? LOL

2636 days ago
130.

HA    

DISGUSTING!!

2636 days ago
131.

HA    

jas, that is Tara Reid in the picture. Not the 15 year old girl.

2636 days ago
132.

daytonaruth    

DANG IT....WHY DIDN'T THE BOSS(BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN) DO THIS TO COURTENEY COX BACK IN THE DAY?....YOU KNOW?...IN THE "DANCING IN THE DARK" VIDEO....COME ON RIDE THAT TRAIN!!!!.........JUST JOKING........BUT FOR REAL......I AM NOT SHOCKED....DUDES BE GRABBING ON YOU IN CLUBS.....I USED TO GO TO "JAMAICAN ME CRAZY" IN ORLANDO...I USED TO GET "HUMPED ON"......ITS WEIRD...BUT IT MAKES ME LAUGH....CUZ' DUDES THINK GIRLS LIKE THAT....WE DON'T...SO GET IT TOGETHER AKON!!!!!!....YOU ARE VERY TALENTED....AND YOU ARE A CUTEY...BUT CONTROL YOURSELF BRO'!!!!!.........FORGET THE GIRLIES...YOU NEED TO KEEP GETTING PAID...VERIZON IS A BIG LOSS...PLUS YOU ARE GETTING WITH GWEN....GWEN IS A COOL CHICK AND A ONCE IN A LIFE TIME OPP.!!!!!....DON'T BE PROMISCUOUS...BLOW KISSES........ITS ALOT SAFER ON STAGE TO BLOW KISSES INSTEAD...JUST A THOUGHT!!!.........FOR THE RECORD.....MAYBE SOMEDAY I WILL GET THE CHANCE FOR AKON TO DRY HUMP ME!!!!!.....AAAHHH....FOR NOW I WILL KEEP DREAMIN'....HEHEHEHEHEHEHEHE

2636 days ago
133.

trinitothebone    

Just goes to show the utter contempt some black entertainers have for women. Fools like Akon (with his simulated sex scene... whatever the age of the person involved) and Snoop Dogg (having two women on dog leashes). If women have any sense, class and self-esteem they would blank idiots like these..... don't listen to their stupid lyrics, buy their CD's or attend their concerts.

I am one black woman who would not give these types of gutter scum the time of day!!

2636 days ago
134.

A disgruntled Trinidadian    

I'm from Trinidad and that girl should not be in the club which is only allowed for people 18 and over. She should have better judgement but.... Akon should respect women of any age. Shame on the preacher's daughter and Akon

2635 days ago
135.

Pipe    

to#14 it is true,i was at the concert and Akon was wrong.

2635 days ago
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