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Man charged with hitting Bebe Rexha in the face with phone thought it would be 'funny'

Man charged with hitting Bebe Rexha in the face with phone thought it would be 'funny'

Nicolas Malvagna was taken into custody on Monday evening and was charged with two counts of assault.

The man charged with throwing his phone at Bebe Rexha during a live show said he thought it would be ‘funny’.

The pop singer, 33, was entertaining the crowd at Pier17 in New York City during her 'Best F*n Night of My Life' tour on Sunday (18 June).

However, the concert took an awful turn as the ‘I’m Good (Blue)’ singer was preparing to wrap up her set when a mobile phone was thrown through the air and hit Bebe right in the face.

Footage recorded by fans shows the star pause for a second before falling to her knees while on stage, bringing the concert to an abrupt end.

"Absolutely great show ruined by a fan throwing their phone at @BebeRexha," Twitter user and fan Alex Chavez (@captiv_8_) tweeted on Sunday night.

Bebe was then rushed off stage by her team while she clutched her face.

Police have since arrested and charged Nicholas Malvagna, a 27-year-old from New Jersey, with two counts of assault in the three 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.

Malvagna, who was arraigned on Monday evening, confessed to throwing the phone and, according to The Manhattan District Attorney’s office, the alleged assailant also provided a motive.

Bebe Rexha updated fans with a picture of her injuries.

“I was trying to see if I could hit her with the phone at the end of the show because it would be funny,” he said.

The man was freed without bail at a Monday court hearing and a judge has ordered him to stay away from the pop star.

He is due to appear in court again on 21 July, as per The Independent.

Immediately after the horrific incident, Bebe received EMS treatment and was taken to a local hospital where she received stitches.

On Monday (19 June), Bebe gave fans an update on her condition as she posted a picture of her wound and black eye on Instagram with the caption: “I’m good.”

The Grammy-nominated singer was treated in hospital.

She also posted a video on TikTok where she briefly sang the chorus from the same song.

“I’m okay you guys,” she captioned the post.

And fans are flooding Bebe’s social media pages with well wishes.

“So sorry this happened babe!! Sending love,” one fan gushed, while another wrote: “Love you queen.”

A third commented: “I’m so sorry this happened Bebe sending hugs.”

And a fourth penned: “I’m so sorry this happened to you. You are amazing.”

Featured Image Credit: Twitter/@captiv_8_/Instagram/Bebe Rexha

Topics: Music, Celebrity, US News