Akon Pleads Not Guilty to Fan-Tossing

The singer says he regrets the incident but did not commit a crime

Singer Akon pleaded not guilty to charges Monday in connection with an incident in June in which he threw a fan off a concert stage – and allegedly caused another fan in the crowd to suffer a concussion.

Akon, 34, entered his plea in a courtroom in Fishkill, N.Y., where the concert took place this summer, the Associated Press reports. He faces misdemeanor charges of endangering the welfare of a minor and second-degree harassment.

Separately, the singer issued a statement on Monday saying he regrets the incident.

“It was never Akon’s intent to violate the law,” reads the message, issued by his attorneys, Benjamin Brafman and Andrea Zellan. “This unfortunate incident was a spontaneous reaction during a live concert that Akon deeply regrets. We are confident that this matter will ultimately be resolved in a manner that does not in any way interfere with Akon’s successful career.”

The episode was caught on tape and posted to the Internet.

The week after the concert, Akon agreed to cooperate with police but denied any wrongdoing.

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