FISHKILL, New York – Hip-hop star Akon will go to trial on criminal charges he tossed a fan off stage at a concert last summer.
Akon is accused of tossing a teenaged boy off the stage during a June 2007 concert at a minor league baseball stadium near Poughkeepsie, New York. Another concertgoer said she suffered a concussion when the teen landed on her.
The 35-year-old singer asked for the jury trial in Fishkill Town Court on Wednesday. He has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges of endangering the welfare of a minor and second-degree harassment, a violation.
Akon's hits include "Smack That" with Eminem and "I Wanna Love You" with Snoop Dogg. His most recent album, "Konvicted," was nominated for four Grammy awards.