Friday, May 11, 2007

Akons Antics with Adolescent

NEW YORK — Akon, under fire for doing a sexually explicit dance onstage with a 14-year-old girl, has offered an apology to the teen and anyone else who was offended by the display.

Akon, whose hits include "Don't Matter," "I Wanna Love You" with Snoop Dogg and "Smack That" with Eminem, was videotaped simulating sex with a girl invited onstage as part of his act during an April 12 concert in Trinidad. After the video was circulated widely on the Internet, it was revealed that she was 14.

Since the incident, Verizon has pulled out as a sponsor of his tour with Gwen Stefani, for whom he wrote the hit "The Sweet Escape."

In a statement released Wednesday to The Associated Press, Akon, 34, said he was sorry for the incident but also said he didn't know the girl was underage.

"I want to sincerely apologize for the embarrassment and any pain I've caused to the young woman who joined me onstage, her family and the Trinidad community for the events at my concert," Akon said.

Akon's latest album, "Konvicted," has sold more than 1 million copies in the United States.

Akon's Antics with Adolescent Sparks Anger & Apology
Recent Hip Hop Music Success story Akon is in hot water for dirty dancin' with an underaged partygoer at a Trinidad nightclub. A video of the performance, simulating various sexual positions, has been widely circulated on the Internet.

Akon, 34, has issued an apology to the girl, her family and the Trinidad community for the embarrassment caused. Akon also admitted that he had no idea she was underaged.

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