Bebe Rexha injured, hospitalized after being hit in face with cell phone during NYC performance

 June 20, 2023

A popular singer's performance was cut short Sunday night when she appeared to be hit in the head with a cell phone thrown by somebody in the audience.

Bebe Rexha, 33, was performing at The Rooftop at Pier 17 in New York City when the incident occurred that resulted in the concert suddenly ending and the artist being rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment, Fox News reported.

The suspect who is believed to have thrown the cell phone that hit Rexha in the face was quickly arrested by the police and now faces criminal charges that include assault.

Singer injured but will be fine

A viral video of the incident on social media shows that an unsuspecting Rexha was in the middle of her performance when a cell phone was suddenly launched from the crowd and struck her in the head, causing her to stumble and turn around and drop to her knees on the stage in pain as her crew quickly emerged from backstage to provide assistance.

According to Fox News, another video showed her being helped off stage while waving to her fans before being transported to a hospital for treatment.

On Monday, Rexha posted a pair of pictures on her Instagram account with the caption "I'm good" -- a reference to one of her popular songs with the same title.

One of the pictures revealed that she had suffered a deep cut underneath her eyebrow while the other picture taken later showed that the gash had been closed with surgical tape but also that she had developed significant bruising around her eye.

Criminally charged over alleged "TikTok" stunt gone bad

The New York Post reported that the NYPD wasted little time in arresting the suspect who is now charged criminally for his attack on the Brooklyn-born Rexha.

That suspect has been identified as Nicholas Malvagna, 27, of New Jersey, who was arraigned in court Monday on charges of "assault, aggravated harassment, attempted assault, and harassment." He was released without bail but also hit with a temporary order of protection intended to keep him away from the singer.

According to the initial criminal complaint, Malvagna is alleged to have 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."

But a somewhat different story emerged during the hearing when prosecutors shared that the suspect had also told the police during his arrest, "It’s a TikTok trend where you throw your phone onto the stage, and a celebrity passes it and takes a selfie."

"I thought she was looking in my direction. I was about two rows back, but instead of my phone landing right next to her, my phone hit her in the face," he is alleged to have added.

Apology issued

The Post noted that Malvagna's attorney, Todd Spodek, seemed to seize upon the "unfortunate trend" on TikTok that his client appeared to try to use as an excuse for his actions.

TMZ reported that Spodek told the outlet that Malvagna was regretful for what happened and wished Rexha a swift recovery, and said in a statement, "As a fan, Mr. Malvagna's sole intention was to have Ms. Rexha take photos with his phone, and return it as a keepsake. It was never his intention to injure Ms. Rehxa."

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