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A bag of cement dust was thrown at Colombian pop star Shakira during a promotional appearance at a shopping center near Sydney. The dust did not reach the 25-year-old singer, who was quickly ushered off stage after the incident last night (May 2) at the Westfield shopping center in the suburb of Hurstville. Some of the 2,500 fans in attendance had trouble breathing because of the dust, including a teenage girl who was treated for an asthma attack, emergency officials said.
The singer, in Australia for a weeklong tour to promote her new Epic album, "Laundry Service," had been on stage signing autographs for 15 minutes when a bag of cement powder was thrown toward her, record company officials said. The bag split and covered more than 20 people with dust.
Police arrested a 19-year-old man afterward. He was later charged with offensive behavior, assaulting police and resisting arrest. Shakira spent another hour and a half at the mall signing autographs, and met with several fans who needed medical treatment.