Singer gets a fine and community service
Akon has pleaded guilty in Fishkill, NY to second-degree harassment, a violation – and also later apologised to the fan he threw off the stage during a performance in the town in June 2007.
The star was sentenced to a maximum $250 fine, which carried a mandatory New York State surchage of $100, and 65 hours of anti-gang and anti-violence community service, which he must complete before June 2009. He also has to stay out of trouble for the next 12 months, or will find himself back in court in Fishkill.
Wearing a grey suit and coat, the singer paid his fine before leaving court today (December 17).
On his way out of the court, Akon apologised to the victim but was confronted by the victim’s father, who said: “You threw my son off the stage.”
The Eminem and Snoop Dogg collaborator was accused of tossing the teenager into the crowd during his concert after the boy had apparently heckled him during a performance. Akon then had him pulled on stage by security.
The singer then reportedly hoisted the boy onto this shoulders and threw him into the crowd, where he landed on another concertgoer, who said she suffered concussion.
Akon‘s new album ‘Freedom’ was released on December 2.
–By our New York staff.