Akon Pleads Not Guilty

December 3, 2007 By:
Akon Pleads Not Guilty

Hip hop artist Akon is pleading not guilty to minor criminal charges after being accused of tossing a teenage fan off the stage during a concert in upstate New York earlier this year.

And now a woman is telling the media she suffered a concussion when struck by the young fan.

"It was never Akon's intention to violate the law," his lawyer Benjamin Brafman said in a statement. "This unfortunate incident was a spontaneous reaction during a live concert that Akon deeply regrets."

Sounds to me like Akon needs to revisit the definition of audience participation. If convicted, Akon faces up to a year in prison. Ironically, his last album, featuring "Smack That", is called Konvicted.