Bebe Rexha received stitches and a young man was taken into police custody after the singer was nailed in the head with a flying cell phone while laying at Pier 17 in New York.
A preliminary investigation by the New York City Police Department “found that a 27-year-old man intentionally threw a cell phone” at the 33-year-old star. Rexha received EMS treatment and was taken to a local hospital. got stitches, Rolling Stone I learned from a family member.
The alleged attacker, Nicholas Malvegna of New Jersey, was arrested and arraigned Monday night. Malvagna was charged with two counts of third-degree assault; one number of annoyances in the second degree; one count of aggravated harassment in the second degree; and a case of attempted assault in the third degree.
According to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, Malvagna didn’t just admit to dropping the phone. He also said, “I was trying to see if I could hit her with the phone at the end of the show because it would be funny.”
The moment the “I’m Good (Blue)” singer was hit by a cell phone was captured and shared on social media by a concertgoer.
The incident occurred near the end of Rexha’s performance, bringing the concert to an abrupt conclusion. On Monday morning, she posted a photo of herself on Instagram with the caption, “I’m fine.”
The incident is the latest in a dangerous trend of concert-goers throwing objects at stars. The archer’s motives in this case are unknown. But in other contexts, hyper-fans have thrown phones at stars, not to hit them, but in hopes that they will somehow interact with the star when the phone returns. Last November, Harry Styles was pelted in the eye after a misguided fan threw Skittles on stage.
Talk to Ryxa Rolling Stone at length in April about her new album. She described a playful relationship with fans on social media, including the constant pressure she received to put a song that went viral on TikTok on her latest album. She said, “They bully me a little bit, but I love it.”
Rexha said at the time that she was looking forward to her first headlining tour in six years. She said, “I’ve never felt this energy, and I feel like it’s so important to be in front of people and perform and communicate.” “You can’t describe it, and it’s different when you’re listening to it on your computer versus live.”
Update June 19th, 11:30 a.m. ET: This story has been updated to include the suspect’s name. And also a response from Rexha.