Big Sean was arrested Thursday night after New York State Park Police received a complaint that a female had been sexually assaulted during a concert where the G.O.O.D. Music rapper performed on the same bill as Wiz Khalifa.
The rapper, born Sean Anderson, was arrested along with Willie Hansbro at approximately 9:50 p.m. ET after the woman issued the complaint. The Finally Famous rapper, who is currently on Khalifa's Rolling Papers Tour, performed Thursday night at Artpark in Lewiston, New York. Big Sean and Hansbro were eventually released on $500 bail each.
The two men, both hailing from Detroit, have been charged with forcible touching, unlawful imprisonment in the second degree and sex abuse in the third degree and will have to appear in court. "Both men were charged with misdemeanors and they both vehemently deny the allegations," Sean's lawyer, Scott E. Lemon, said in a press release issued to MTV News. "I am confident, that after further investigation, both men will be vindicated."
Big Sean has been riding high since his debut album, Finally Famous, hit #3 on the Billboard albums chart this past June. The LP's lead single, "My Last," hit #1 on the Billboard rap chart, and the 23-year old MC earned his first Video Music Awards nomination in the Best New Artist category.
Details are still surfacing, but New York State Parks Police arrested rapper Big Sean during the Wiz Khalifa show at Artpark on Thursday night.
Police huddled with a group of teenage girls while Khalifa was on stage, trying to find one member that had gone missing. Police were passing a cell phone from from one of the teens, reading a text message.
According to a release from the State Parks Police, an investigation started at 9:50 p.m. after a call of a complaint from a female who said she was sexually assaulted.
Two men, Willie Hansbro and Sean Anderson, both from Detroit, were charged with forcible touching, second-degree unlawful imprisonment and third-degree sex abuse.
The two men were issued appearance tickets and were released on $500 bail.
Police gathered near the entrance with a handful of teenage girls, many of whom were crying.
This after a sellout crowd largely comprised of suburban teens was relatively tame during the sold out show, with a smattering of arrests for possession of marijuana, and a few minor incidents in which youngsters tried to climb the side walls to get in.
Local police enforcement were worried possible episodes surrounding the Khalifa show. Artpark beefed up security, putting 80 security guards on the show, adding a drug-sniffing dog on the premises, and using wands to check for weapons.
Anderson is a Detroit native and was supposed to be part of a homecoming show as part of the Rolling Papers tour that's scheduled to appear in the Detroit suburb of Pontiac tonight.
While Khalifa and his song "Black and Yellow" have drawn national recognition, not to mention a Rolling Stone cover earlier this year, Big Sean had been enjoying his own breakout year thanks to his album "Finally Famous." He had also been part of an online collaboration series with Khalifa.
The incident marred what had been a relatively quiet evening. Artpark and Co. decided against selling alcohol at the show. Previously, as we reported here first, Village of Lewiston Police Commissioner Al Soluri urged the mayor and trustees to call on politicians higher on the chain to put a stop to the show.
The show sold out less than an hour before it was scheduled to start, and a younger crowd was mostly well behaved.
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