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The Baltimore Sun


Akon and the Trinidad and Tobago incident In April 2007, R&B star Akon came under attack for simulating sex on stage with a 15-year-old at a club in Trinidad and Tobago. At the time, Akon was tapped as the opening act on Gwen Stefani’s “Sweet Escape” tour. While he isn’t necessarily facing any repercussions from his label, the controversy surrounding Akon caused Verizon to pull its sponsorship of the tour, and to pull all Akon ringtones and music from its stores and handsets. Akon later addressed the incident in his single, “Sorry, Blame It on Me,” which peaked at No. 7 on the U.S. pop charts. Jonathan Mannion