Akon is headed to trial on criminal charges he tossed a fan offstage at a concert last summer.
The 35-year-old singer is accused of throwing a teenager off the stage during a June 2007 concert at a minor league baseball stadium near Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Another concertgoer said she suffered a concussion when the boy landed on her.
Akon, whose real name is Aliaune Thiam, asked for the jury trial during a brief appearance today (Sept. 3) with his lawyer in Fishkill Town Court. He’s due back in court for trial Dec. 1 unless a deal is negotiated in the meantime.
He pleaded not guilty in December to misdemeanor charges of endangering the welfare of a minor and second-degree harassment, a violation.
In court today, Judge Harold Epstein met privately with Akon’s lawyer, Andrea Zellan, and Dutchess County Assistant District Attorney Anthony Parisi before announcing the case would go to trial unless a deal is reached.
“We are pleased that Judge Epstein adjourned the case to a date certain for either a trial or a negotiated resolution,” Zellan said in a prepared statement. “Akon looks forward to putting this incident behind him, and in the meantime he will continue to meet every requirement set forth by the court.”
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