Pop star Bebe Rexha was assaulted by a fan. He threw his phone at her during a concert in New York on Sunday night. The singer was hit on the head. She collapsed to the floor, requiring stitches above her left eye. The man who threw the phone was arrested and charged with assault, harassment and attempted assault. He reportedly told the police that he thought “it would be funny” to hit her with the phone.
Bebe Rexha was performing at Pier 17, a rooftop venue in New York City, as part of her ‘Best F*n Night of My Life’ tour. She was singing her hit song ‘I’m Good (Blue)’ when a cell phone flew from the crowd and struck her on the forehead. The impact caused her to grab her face in pain and drop to her knees on the stage. Her crew members rushed to help her and escorted her off the stage.
A video of the incident was captured by a fan and posted on Twitter. It shows Rexha singing and dancing before being hit by the phone and falling down.
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Who did it?
The person who threw the phone was identified as 27-year-old Nicolas Malvagna of New Jersey. He was arrested by the New York City Police Department and arraigned on Monday evening. He faces two counts of assault in the third degree. one count of harassment in the second degree, one count of aggravated harassment in the second degree, and one count of attempted assault in the third degree.
According to the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, Malvagna confessed to throwing the phone and told a police officer at the scene: “I was trying to see if I could hit her with the phone at the end of the show because it would be funny.”
How is Bebe Rexha doing?
Bebe Rexha received medical attention and was taken to a local hospital, where she received stitches above her left eye. She shared photos of her injuries on Instagram and TikTok, showing bruising around her eye and a cut on her eyebrow. However, she also gave a thumbs-up and captioned the pictures “I’m good”.
She received messages of support from fellow celebrities and fans, who expressed their love and concern for her. She thanked them for their kindness and said she was feeling better.
She is expected to resume her tour on Tuesday at The Fillmore in Philadelphia and will bring her show to the UK in July.
Why do people throw things at artists?
This is not the first time that an artist has been injured by an object thrown by a fan or a heckler. In fact, there have been many incidents of this kind over the years, involving singers, rappers, comedians, and actors.
Some of the reasons why people throw things at artists are:
- To get attention or recognition
- To express their dislike or dissatisfaction
- To disrupt or sabotage the performance
- To make a joke or prank
- To cause harm or injury
However, none of these reasons justify or excuse such behavior, which is disrespectful, dangerous, and illegal. Throwing things at artists can cause physical and emotional damage, as well as ruin the experience for other fans who paid to enjoy the show.
Artists deserve respect and safety when they perform on stage, and fans should behave responsibly and respectfully when they attend concerts. If you don’t like an artist or their performance, you can simply leave or ignore them. There is no need to resort to violence or vandalism.
Bebe Rexha is one of the most talented and successful pop stars of our time. She has written hits for artists like Eminem, Rihanna, and Selena Gomez, as well as for herself. She has also been a mentor on American Idol and a vocal advocate for mental health awareness.
She did not deserve to be attacked by a fan who thought it would be funny to throw his phone at her. She deserves our admiration and appreciation for her music and her courage.
We hope that Bebe Rexha recovers quickly from this incident and continues to shine on stage. We also hope that the man who threw the phone faces the consequences of his actions and learns his lesson.
Bebe Rexha, we love you and we support you. You are good. 💙