For weeks video footage of singer Akon getting freaky with an underage girl on stage during a concert in Trinidad has circulated heavily, but until now, he has yet to respond to the negative attention it has drawn.
In a statement released to TMZ.com, Akon issued an apology and claims he was unaware that the women he simulated sex with on stage was 15-years-old.
“First, and most important to me, I want to sincerely apologize for the embarrassment and any pain I’ve caused to the young woman who joined me on-stage, her family and the Trinidad community for the events at my concert in Port of Spain on April 12th,” the singer said to TMZ.com.
“It was never my intention to embarrass or take advantage of my fans in any way, especially those under the age of 18,” he continued. “That is why we tried to make sure that the club did not admit anyone under 18 in the audience. Somehow, that standard was not met.”
Although he blames the club partly for allowing an underage girl to enter the venue, Akon said he will make sure an incident like this doesn’t happen again.
“Again, I apologize to those concerned and to all my fans and I pledge to all that we will strive to make sure this type of incident does not happen again,” he said.
Patrick Manning, the Prime Minister of Trinidad, has demanded a formal investigation of the raunchy dance between Akon and the young girl.
The girl’s father, Pastor Dave Alleyne, said he wants to hold Club Zen responsible for allowing his daughter in the venue.
“This whole hip-hop thing is a guise and I don’t want any part of it, I don’t want to be any part of it. I thought it was going to be normal,” Alleyne told the Trinidad Express. “I got carried away, 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 girl now says she is done with hip-hop and now dances for God. “Look at what I have to go through with one mistake that I made. My dad warned me every time and I didn’t listen. I am sorry,” she said.