Popular hip-hop musician Akon pleaded guilty in Fishkill, New York Town Court to charges of harassment on December 17 after an incident during a concert in New York last year in which he threw a teenage fan off the stage, causing another fan personal injuries. According to the plea bargain, he will not be serving time in prison under the condition that he serves 65 hours of community service and pays a fine of $250.
In June 2007, the 35-year-old star was performing at a minor league baseball stadium near Poughkeepsie, New York. According to witnesses, someone threw something at Akon during the show at Dutchess Stadium. The singer asked the crowd to point out the culprit, and then a security guard picked up a 15-year-old boy and brought him onto the stage. Akon then hoisted the boy onto his shoulders before flinging him into the crowd. According to another concertgoer, the boy landed on her, causing her to suffer a concussion.
The entire incident was caught on videotape.