Akon Apologizes to Teen
The singer, whose hits include "Don't Matter," "I Wanna Love You," featuring Snoop Dogg, and "Smack That," featuring Eminem was videotaped simulating sex with a girl invited on stage as a part of his act during an April 12 concert in Trinidad. It was revealed that the child was 14 after the video was circulated on the internet.
Verizon has pulled out as a sponsor of his tour with Gwen Stefani, for whom he wrote the song, "Sweet Escape,"resulting from the incident. In a statement released Wednesday, to The Associated Press, Akon said he was sorry for the incident and that 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 on stage, her family, and the Trinidad community for the events at my concert," Akon said. "It was never my intention to embarrass or take advantage of my fans in any way, especially those under the age of 18. That is why we tried to make sure that the club did not admit anyone under 18...some how, that standard was not met."
Akon's latest album, Konvicted, has sold more than 1 million copies in the United States.