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Akon Apologizes -- I Didn't Know She Was Underage

5/9/2007 5:37 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

AkonTMZ has just received a statement from R&B singer Akon in response to the media firestorm over his onstage simulated sex romp with a 15-year-old during a concert in Trinidad a few weeks ago:

"First, and most important to me, I want to sincerely apologize for the embarrassment and any pain I've caused to the young woman who joined me on-stage, her family and the Trinidad community for the events at my concert in Port of Spain on April 12th.

It was never my intention to embarrass or take advantage of my fans in any way, especially those under the age of 18. That is why we tried to make sure that the club did not admit anyone under 18 in the audience. Somehow, that standard was not met.

Again, I apologize to those concerned and to all my fans and I pledge to all that we will strive to make sure this type of incident does not happen again."

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AFTERTHEFACT    

OKay Im sorry Sarah but you must be a complete MORON.

That girl DOES NOT look like she is in ANY type of agony or regret. She simply WANTED to dance with Akon and shes defiently getting her fames worth.

The girl made a bad move when she KNEW she was underage going into an 18 year and up club.

The girl KNEW the contest she signed up for was probably gonna end up dancing and grinding like that because lets face it... she sure as hell weren't siging up for square dancing

And if you had ANY IDEA what kind of dancing goes on now a days with young adults and teens youd be shocked how badly these girls feel like they desperatly need attention and will dance like sluts and grind the guys and etc.

The only thing Akon DIDNT KNOW was she was underage because lets face it... the girl does look older and im sure he was ASSUMING she was atleast 18 yrs ( and legal) just like he probably assumed everyone in the club was of age because that was the clubs responsability not to permit anyone UNDERAGE.

Its like... walking into a 6th grade classroom, you assume everyone one in the class is in 6th grade because there SUPPOSE to be 6th graders.. litt ledo you know that at least 2 or 3 of the kids are actually in 4th or 5th but they just look older. Weren't you fooled?

No its not even close or has no relation to this but its just an exampled how he was fooled.
And he shouldn't display that kinda dancing and then just leave her there like a piece of meat. He steal touch an underage girl and that is wrong. Should teach him to not just juke random girls anyways.

boo =-(

2708 days ago
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who    

I FEEL SO SORRY FOR YOU THAT YOU HAD TO HAVE A BAD LIFE WILL I STILL THIK THAT YOURA HOGTTIE

2703 days ago
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Janie777    

"Crystal", you actually condone that behavior? If any "normal guy" did that to a girl or woman in a public place, it would make the newspapers and evening newscasts, unless you live in an area where this type of behavior is common! Did you ever read a newspaper? Young girls and women being raped, molested, and worse, and yet, people like you always manage to find some way to excuse it, especially if the perpetrator happens to be famous. And by the way, the article states Akon invited a female audience member up on stage for a "trip to Africa", not that he would spread her legs on the floor and simulate sex. Thanks to you and your ilk, no wonder American society has sunk to such a low level, and progressively getting worse. Akon is a disgusting pig and I doubt you're a woman, but some big, hairy ugly guy who can't get a date and regularly downloads porno, child and adult, onto your computer. I can't imagine any woman would agree with your comments above.

2716 days ago
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D    

No, Imus...I mean Akon is NOT sorry for what he did. He is only sorry that it blew up in his face. She is just as pathetic as he is. If she wasn't a willing participant, she sure did a great imitation of a willing participant in that hot mess. The whole situation is just disgusting. All those people just standing around and cheering it on like they were at some sort of sporting event. That's the kind of ignorance that give men the idea that they can do whatever they want to do to women.

2685 days ago
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Upgrade ya lifestyle    

I like akons music and voice but as far as his 5 wives and arrogant demeaner or his judgement for tasteful entertainement he will live and learn. It's no surprise to me that this happened to him...apology accepted.

2685 days ago
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Maranda    

That girl is the one who needs to be apoligizing, not Akon. He had no intentions of knowing how old that girl was. Akon, if you do ever get to read this or have any of your staff read it to you TAKE BACK YOUR APOLOGY!!! You are the innocent one in this scandle not her.

2684 days ago
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Jen Jolie    

Who?

2732 days ago
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tinkerbell    

that girl in the video sure didn't look like she was putting up a fight. she actually looked like a hooker to me. but whatever. that doesn't mean that what he did was right, but she needs to take some responsibility. they were BOTH wrong.

2732 days ago
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Karen Walker    

So its the club's fault?

2732 days ago
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aSiF    

Blair you are a sick individual - - do you have a job, you seem to have WAY TOO MUCH TIME ON YOUR HANDS. Maybe you could read a book or something.

2732 days ago
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tbird    

Yeah, kids these days are havin sex at 10, 11, 12 - she didn't mind. She's (her parents) just tryin to get something out of the whole thing. *Chastity Belt*

2732 days ago
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monique    

I'm sick of Akon. Ugly rascal. I can't stand the sight of his voice. What he did on stage would not be appropriate with a 35-year-old, much less a 15-year-old. A concert is singing and dancing, not a porn display.

2732 days ago
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tbird    

she obviously doesn't mind breakin the rules to get in there. If it's 18 and up, ITS 18 AND UP! come on people

2732 days ago
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little girl    

Blair have some class about you. what ever you are

2732 days ago
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cassandra    

the way I see, he acted like an animal. There was nothing descent during his concerts. As matter of fact none of his concerts are. I tend to think that 15 is the new 20 but I know better. None of his crew came to rescue her after being bang all other the place. She seemed trapped and I think she looked like shocked and humiliated. I cannot even think of him getting hard on her. Some celebrities are pervert and can't even behave on stage.
And how lame to blame the club. The prettier the girl, the merrier no matter her age. I know that because I planned many events and at the door if you flash a smile and look cute you get your ticket...

2732 days ago
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