Verizon Drops Akon Over ‘Smack That’ Controversy

Verizon Communications has severed its partnership with R&B singer Akon after a video released on the internet show the “Smack That” superstar simulating sex onstage with an underage girl during an Apr.12 concert in Trinidad. According to various reports, 15-year-old Danah Alleyne thought she had won a dance contest when she was invited to dance with Akon, but soon found out that first prize was a close encounter with the Konvicted singer. “I got carried away,” Alleyne, a pastor’s daughter, said in a public apology last month after a local TV station aired the footage. “I started to dance, as well, but I never thought it was going to be like that. I was shocked. My head was hitting the floor.” The Trinidad Express reported that Akon got seven women to come up and dance with him, promising that the best of the bunch would score a grand-prize trip to Africa. None of which sat well with Verizon, which will be taking their featured ring tones elsewhere. “This week the partnership ended,” Verizon said in a statement to Fox News. “We have music services on our cell phone service and we were promoting him as one of the artists. The other part of the sponsorship was the Gwen Stefani tour, of which he was an opening act. We are no longer sponsoring the tour.”

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