June 5, 2007, - 8:20 am
By Debbie Schlussel
Remember Akon, the Muslim thug rapper who molested a girl onstage and bragged of having three wives (until his record company told him to stop talking about it)?
As I’ve written, Akon–whose rap is violent, disgusting, and offensive–is an anchor baby who was purposely delivered here but raised as a Muslim in his family’s native Senegal (his mother was one of several wives of his Senegalese father). Akon is a three-time convicted felon, who did 5 years in prison for armed robbery and drug dealing, among other crimes.
Well, now Akon is assaulting boys who go to his concerts, according to Mike Baron of The Post-Chronicle. A boy at a concert threw a frisbee (some news reports say it was a piece of a pretzel) that landed onstage. In response, Akon asked his bodyguards to go get the boy. They brought the boy onstage, at which point Akon threw him into the audience.
Hmmm . . . this has the makings of a criminal prosecution AND a legitimate lawsuit. So when will Gwen Stefani have the decency to stop featuring Akon on her tour?
Here’s the Akon assault video (the guy in the yellow shirt is an Akon security guard):
More from the Poughkeepsie Journal:
Police seek boy thrown offstage at Akon concert
By John W. Barry
Fishkill town police are looking for the KFEST concertgoer who on Sunday was plucked from the crowd by a security guard, directed toward headlining musician Akon and then hoisted by Akon on the singer’s shoulders and hurled back into the audience.
Detective. Lt. John Berlingieri of the Fishkill Police said talks have been held within the department regarding the possibility of questioning Akon about the incident, which occurred during Fishkill-based WSPK (104.7 FM)’s annual KFEST concert at Dutchess Stadium.
“We’re trying to identify that kid, just to find out whether or not we have any kind of criminal offense,” Berlingieri said. “We are looking to speak to him. . . .
WSPK General Manager Jason Finkelberg said he and members of his staff discussed “the Akon issues, the history,” prior to KFEST.
“We did our due diligence,” Finkelberg said. “We talked to everyone we could find. We were comfortable with the show.” . . .
Finkelberg said he was at the concert but unaware of the Akon incident until contacted Sunday night by the Journal.
“I would have preferred he wouldn’t have done that,” Finkelberg said.
Video of the incident supplied to the Journal shows two Town of Fishkill police officers standing several feet away from where Akon threw the concertgoer. Neither officer appears to intervene in the incident from the moment the concertgoer was plucked from the crowd until he landed back in the crowd, after Akon tossed him. . . .
Fishkill town board member Steve Ferguson . . . said Fishkill police officers were not on duty at KFEST, but were instead hired as private security by the concert promoter and through their employment contract allowed to wear their uniforms and use patrol cars while working at events in the town. . . .
Clintondale resident Heather Idema attended KFEST Sunday with her husband and 10-year-old daughter, and supplied the video to the Journal. She said someone in the crowd threw something at Akon in between two songs, when the performer was about to start speaking about Africa. The object, Idema said, flew past Akon’s shoulder.
Idema said the object appeared to be about the size of a small chunk of wood. Idema said her daughter identified the object as a piece of a pretzel.
“It didn’t hit him, it went past him,” said Idema, who arrived at Dutchess Stadium at 8:30 a.m. Sunday for her daughter’s first concert.
Akon, according to Idema, said, “Oh wait a minute. What was that?”
According to Idema, Akon then said, “Come on everybody. point him out, point him out. Who is he?”
Idema said people pointed and a security guard wearing a yellow shirt asked Akon if he wanted the concertgoer brought to him on stage.
Idema said Akon, continuing to speak into his microphone, said, “So go get him. Bring him out to me.”
“When they brought him over, (Akon) took off his chain and his t-shirt,” Idema said, “and handed away the microphone.”
That’s when Akon picked up the concertgoer and hurled him back into a different section of the crowd, next to Idema.
“I never assumed someone was going to be thrown at us,” she said. “I was scared. I didn’t want my daughter to get hurt.”
Idema said Akon, “pretty much body-slammed him into the crowd. He just threw him down.” . . .
Dave Burke is the general manager of the Hudson Valley Renegades minor league baseball team. As general manager of the stadium’s primary tenant, Burke, through the team’s lease, oversees all events at Dutchess Stadium.
Burke said he witnessed the incident, spoke to a representative of WSPK and was told it was being addressed.
“I was appalled,” he said.
The incident, Burke said, “would make me seriously want a say in the artists that are coming in” for future KFESTs. “… Something like this doesn’t sit well with myself and management.”
So, remind me again why Akon was invited to perform on “American Idol”?
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