A 27-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection with the cell phone attack on Bebe Rexha this Sunday (June 18).
The 33-year-old “I’m Good (Blue)” singer was performing in New York when a concert-goer threw the device out of the crowd, hitting her in the face.
The singer collapsed to the ground and was taken to the hospital, where she had stitches over her left eye.
The Independent has now confirmed that the alleged attacker’s name is Nicolas Malvagna.
New York City Police Department said the New Jersey native faces aggravated assault charges and is expected to face a arraignment in court today or Tuesday (June 20).
Daily mail reports that Malvagna works in a luxury kennel.
Judy Gorski, the owner of K9 Resorts East Brunswick, reportedly told the tabloid: “I heard that one of our employees attended the Bebe Rexha concert in his spare time.
“I was shocked to learn of his arrest. My employees and I do not condone violence in any form, regardless of intent, and this action is not consistent with our values as a company.”
Penalties for an assault charge in New York can include a $5,000 fine and imprisonment for between three and 25 years (or up to five years probation, depending on the circumstances).
In a video filmed by fans and circulated on social media, Rexha can be seen approaching the stage when a phone flies through the air and hits her in the face.
Another concertgoer shared a video of the singer being treated by paramedics and wrote: “This is Bebe Rexha being hustled out of the concert hall here in NYC after someone threw a frigging phone and punched her in the face as she left the stage.” .”
The singer showed fans her injuries, including a black eye, on Instagram on Monday.
The 33-year-old shared two selfies with the caption: “I’m fine [sic].”
In 2018, Rexha was nominated for Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards. her latest album, bebewas released earlier this year.
She is expected to play four more dates on her ongoing tour, including an appearance at The Fillmore in Philadelphia, The Fillmore Silver Spring in Silver Spring, Maryland, The Tabernacle in Atlanta, and Hard Rock Live Orlando in Orlando, Florida.