Big Sean faces sexual abuse charges following concert
Big Sean is facing charges of sexual abuse after a woman alleged she was assaulted at his concert in upstate New York Thursday night, according to an Associated Press report.
New York state police charged the rapper with misdemeanor counts of forcible touching, unlawful imprisonment and sex abuse after receiving the complaint at Artpark State Park in Lewiston, which is near the Niagara River. He was performing with Wiz Khalifa.
A second man, Willie “Sayitainttone” Hansbro, was also arrested and faces the same charges. They were arraigned and released on $500 bail and are set to appear in Niagara County Court in Lewiston on Sept. 6.
The 23-year-old got his break after getting a co-sign from Kanye West, who signed him to his G.O.O.D. Music imprint. His debut album, "Finally Famous," debuted at No. 3 after logging 87,000 copies sold following the strength of his Chris Brown-assisted single "My Last." The disc was the first release under West’s new “long-term worldwide label agreement” for his imprint through Def Jam.
Sean's lawyer, Scott E. Leemon, issued a statement on Friday afternoon saying both men "vehemently deny the allegations."
"I am confident, that after further investigation, both men will be vindicated," Leemon wrote.
A representative for the rapper's label didn't return request for comment, and the rapper tweeted [warning: contains profanity] that he is currently back home in Detroit prepping for a show.
-- Gerrick D. Kennedy
Photo: Big Sean. Credit: Def Jam