August Alsina is in some hot water today as social media users are slamming him for groping a fan’s breasts at a concert in Freebandz Music Fest in Baton Rouge on Friday.
As Gossip Cop reports, the video of the incident surfaced on Instagram on Sunday night via the Baller Alert account. In the clip, you can clearly see August Alsina groping the female fan. He’s on stage, standing behind a girl who is seated on a chair. She looks like she’s grimacing as he puts his hand on her neck and slides it down to her right breast. He tries to move it to her left breast before she covers it with her hand. She then leans forward and looks very uncomfortable with the situation.
“She bit her lip before he started all the touching on her breast. She looked very uncomfortable,” one Instagram user said in the comments.
“Awkward. She didn’t want drama on the stage, but she clearly wasn’t comfortable with him touching her breasts,” wrote another user.
Because of his onstage antics, August Alsina became a trending topic on Twitter. The users there weren’t any more forgiving, with some stating that this is prime example why the topic of consent is important.
this august alsina business is really why we need #ConsentInSexEd, people should be able to know & respect boundaries & always get consent
— ˗ˏˋ blige ˎˊ˗ (@THECAROLDANVERS) September 28, 2015
But there were still some Alsina fans who took time to defend the “Hold You Down” singer. Many claimed that he didn’t do anything that other R&B singers like Chris Brown and Trey Songz haven’t already done on tour.
Y’all acting like August Alsina is the first artist to touch a female on stage, Chris Brown & Trey Songz been doing it for years don’t @ me. — d. (@DarrianVernae) September 28, 2015
why is this August Alsina thing a big deal? Like did the girl come out & say she had a problem with it? I don’t get it
— IG: Raeeography (@BittaSweeta) September 28, 2015
There’s no word yet on who the girl is or whether she has grounds to file a formal complaint against Alsina. It’s pretty clear from the video that this is a case of unwanted touching. It’s true that R&B singers often bring fans onstage for a little one-on-one action, but this is a step too far.
The social media backlash for the groping incident doesn’t bode well for Alsina, who has been plagued by some trials and tribulations recently. Some of them were related to health conditions he has no control over.
As this article on MTV reminds us, in September, 2014, August Alsina collapsed on stage and was in a coma for three days afterwards.
“Having life taken away from you for a little while forces you to be more open-minded and to go live,” he said in a radio interview at The Breakfast Club after he was released from the hospital. “It was a case of me putting other people before myself; putting any and everything before myself. Just overworking myself, man, and exhaustion.”
At the time, many speculated that his health condition was due to drug use, a claim that Alsina vehemently denied, MTV reports.
With news that he’s also slowly going completely blind, August Alsina fans may be excusing his potential sexual assault for the wrong reasons.
Earlier this year, Alsina revealed in an Instagram post that he had lost full vision in one eye and the same was happening to the other.
August later clarified in an interview on Power 105.1 with Angie Martinez that he has a condition called Keratoconus. He added that he’s undergone surgery to try to prevent losing all of his vision.
“It hurt like hell, but it definitely made me have a different perspective on life,” he said.
August Alsina, as of the writing of this article, has not commented or apologized for the groping incident at his concert.
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