Beyonce and Jay-Z Stage-Crasher Faces Charges After Raiding Atlanta Concert: Cops
The overzealous fan was stopped with the help of the superstar duo's backup dancers.
The man who allegedly rushed the stage Saturday night during Beyoncè and Jay-Z's Atlanta concert while drunk has been arrested and identified.
Anthony Charles Thomas Maxwell, 26, has been charged with disorderly conduct and simple battery charges.
It was a frightening moment for the duo Saturday night during their “On the Run II” tour stop in Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium as the fan rushed the stage during the closing number, “Apes***.”
They were walking off the stage when the man suddenly appeared and raced after them.
Video shot by a fan inside the venue showed the frightening moment and how the dancers initially seemed perplexed by what was happening. They then raced into action to help apprehend the stage-crasher with the help of security officials.
"At the end of last night's show, we had an intoxicated male enter the stage. At this point, we had a controlled evacuation of all crew on the stage in order to safely defuse the situation,” a statement from Beyoncè's team read.
Atlanta police say that the man "made contact" with Jay-Z.
“Upon later investigation, officers were able to gather evidence showing Maxwell had, in fact, made contact with Jay-Z. APD subsequently secured warrants to add additional charges of simple battery,” Officer Jarius Daugherty said in the statement to the Los Angeles Times.
Maxwell was taken into custody Sunday night and transported to the Fulton County Jail, police said.
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