Beyoncé and Jay-Z‘s On The Run II show in Atlanta was interrupted by a stage invasion on Saturday night (August 25). Police have now charged a 26-year-old man following the incident – you can see fan-shot footage of the moment below.
The Carters are currently touring North America in support of their joint album ‘Everything Is Love’ following a run of huge UK stadium shows in June. NME described the show as “a two-hour masterclass from a pair of icons who are seemingly hell-bent on proving that love conquers all”.
On the first of two nights in Atlanta over the weekend, a man managed to make his way onto the stage just as Beyoncé and Jay-Z were departing. Fan footage shows the pair’s dancers quickly attempting to stop the stage invader before security are forced to step in.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z released a joint statement following the stage invasion, confirming that no-one was hurt during the incident and that the two stars are not pressing charges against the “intoxicated” individual.
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However, police in Atlanta are pursuing charges against 26-year-old Anthony Charles Thomas Maxwell following the incident. Atlanta Police officer Lisa Bender told The Associated Press that Maxwell ran on stage, approached Jay-Z and made contact with him – before he was then apprehended by members of the duo’s security staff and their backing dancers.
Bender added that Maxwell was initially issued with a citation for disorderly conduct and then later released, but police have now added a charge of simple battery.
The On The Run II tour will continue through the rest of this month and September, before finally concluding in Seattle on October 4.
At this month’s MTV VMAs, The Carters took home two awards for the single ‘APESHIT’. The track’s Louvre-set visuals won Best Cinematography and Best Art Direction.