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NEW YORK - American hip-hop and R&B singer and rapper Akon pleaded not guilty to minor criminal charges on Monday.
This was after being accused of tossing a teenage fan off the stage during a concert in upstate New York earlier this year.
The singer, who was partly raised in Senegal, faces misdemeanor charges of endangering the welfare of a mitossing young fannor and of harassment.
A woman at the concert in Fishkill, north of New York City, said she suffered concussion when she was struck by the young fan Akon had tossed off the stage.
The concert incident in June occurred after an audience member threw an object at the singer, who then pulled a 15-year-old boy from the crowd and tossed him into the audience, hitting the woman, the Poughkeepsie Journal reported.
If convicted, Akon, 34, whose album Konvicted sold more than 1,3million copies, faces a maximum penalty of one year in jail. - Reuters