In a distressing incident during a live concert on Sunday, June 18th, popular singer-songwriter Bebe Rexha was unexpectedly assaulted by a fan who hurled a cell phone at her. The 33-year-old singer, renowned for her hit track "I'm Good (Blue)," was performing to a fervent crowd in New York when she was struck in the face by the device.
This incident has led to the arrest and subsequent charging of a 27-year-old male attendee.
Rexha Injured by Fan's Phone
Bebe Rexha, who was approaching the front of the stage during her performance, was visibly taken aback when a cell phone hurled from the audience hit her square in the face.
The unexpected and brutal impact resulted in the singer collapsing on stage. She was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital, where she received stitches above her left eye. The alleged perpetrator, named Malvagna, was arrested at the scene.
In a shockingly unrepentant confession to a New York police officer, he stated, "I was trying to see if I could hit her with the phone at the end of the show because it would be funny." Malvagna now faces serious charges, including two counts of assault, one count of aggravated harassment, one count of attempted assault, and one count of harassment.
His court hearing is scheduled for July 31st. Interestingly, Malvagna is reportedly employed at a luxury dog kennel, K9 Resorts East Brunswick, as per The Daily Mail. His employer, Judy Gorski, expressed shock and disappointment over the incident.
Speaking to the tabloid, she said, "I was shocked to learn of his arrest. My staff and I do not condone violence in any form, regardless of intent, and this action does not align with our values as a company." A fan-filmed video capturing the disturbing incident has since circulated on social media, provoking widespread outrage from the singer's followers and fellow artists.
Another fan shared a video of the medical team attending to the injured singer, expressing anger over the shocking incident. Rexha, a Grammy nominee for Best New Artist in 2018, had released her latest album, 'Bebe,' earlier this year.
She is set to continue her ongoing tour, with upcoming performances scheduled in Philadelphia, Silver Spring, Atlanta, and Orlando.