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Canadian university cancels A$AP Rocky gig after rapper is charged with assaulting a fan

Rapper allegedly slapped a female fan in the face during a live show in Philadelphia on September 7

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A Canadian university has cancelled a planned gig by A$AP Rocky after the rapper was charged with assault for allegedly slapping a female fan in the face.

The alleged incident occurred during A$AP Rocky's set at the Made In America festival in Philadelphia on September 7. The woman, who has not been named, claims the rapper was trying to wave away fans while making his way through the crowd when he struck her on the face with an open palm, giving her whiplash.

The rapper - real name Rakim Mayers - was subsequently charged with simple misdemeanour assault and in the wake of the legal proceedings he has been dropped from the line-up of the YorkFest event at Toronto's York University, which is set to take place this Wednesday (September 18).

A statement from the York Federation of Students (YFS) explains: "The A$AP Rocky performance at the YorkFest Concert, scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 18, has been cancelled after the York Federation of Students Board of Directors learned of allegations of an assault against a woman that are currently before a U.S. court. The Board of Directors has decided that this event cannot proceed until this matter is resolved."

The statement then adds: "This decision should not be construed as suggesting that the YFS has any knowledge of the incident, or has a view on the innocence or guilt of the artist."

A$AP Rocky's next live performance will now come at the Jamz Fest event in Norfolk, Vermont on September 27. The rapper then has a further six US live dates booked in before the end of 2013.

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