Guyana: The Other Side of the Akon Story

Last week, a video of hip-hop rapper Akon apparently hitting a female fan in a crowd-surfing frenzy during a Carifesta concert in Guyana caused an uproar in the Guyanese blogosphere.

Akon's publicity company has since released footage of the incident taken from a different angle, which they believe proves his innocence. (Akon appears to be hugging the woman at the end of the scuffle).

Here is the extended video of the incident:

The Guyanese concert promoters also issued a statement to several bloggers:

We are shocked to hear that there is a video clip circulating that suggests Akon treated a fan badly during his August 30th performance in Guyana. There were no incident reports stemming from the event. Despite a late start, the concert was a tremendous success and we hope that Akon will come back soon.

But Living Guyana, one of the recipients of the statement, stuck to his guns:

Yep, of course, there were no reports of an incident even though thousands saw Akon smack those two women. And because he pulled them up afterwards, that he smashed them in the face should be cool. That's Akon's modus operandi, he smacks people then apologises afterwards.

You've seen the video; judge for yourself.


  • jml

    looks like he was about to fall to me

  • jeff

    He just has an issue with his temper, throwing 15 year olds off of stages, come on, its pretty obvious, she hugged him from behind, he got pissed and knocked them both down. Look at the end, she hugs him and he never puts his arms around her as a sign of a real hug. Too bad people like this still sells records, he should be locked up before something more serious happens. Like an OJ incident.

  • […] Akon’s publicist has released a new tape from the Guyana concert, taken from another angle, that shows a different side to the story. The new clip shows Akon struggling to his feet on a camera platform in the crowd. His rep tells MTV News, “As you can see from the full, correct footage, Akon is struggling to find his balance and accidentally knocked into the fan. He did not let her fall and gave her a hug and then they started dancing together. She is smiling.” […]

  • akon

    i am the bigest fan of akon.cause i am akon.wanna see me!

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