Akon Sentenced in 2007 Teen-Toss Incident
R&B hitmaker and awards show staple Akon has been sentenced for a controversial incident that occurred last year: The Senagalese-American singer hoisted a teenage boy over his shoulders during a concert and tossed the kid off stage.
The teen in question allegedly threw an object at Akon during a June 3, 2007, gig in Fishkill, New York. The 35-year-old Grammy winner then instructed the audience to point out who the culprit was.
Akon (real name: Aliaune Thiam) pulled the male concertgoer onstage, flipped him over his shoulders and threw him back into the crowd before announcing, “Now we can start the show!”
Here is video of the incident shot by an audience member:
Akon pleaded guilty to harassment in the second degree in a Fishkill court, reports Billboard. He’ll serve no jail time, provided he performs 65 hours of community service and pays a fine of $350.
Akon’s rep released the following statement to TMZ: “We are pleased that the case has been resolved and Akon looks forward to putting this unfortunate incident behind him.”
Elsewhere, while the singer’s third album—ironically titled Freedom—debuted last week at #7 on the Billboard album chart, it has since fallen out of the Top 10 altogether.