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Fan Who Rushed Stage At Beyonce, Jay-Z Concert Reportedly Charged With Battery

Video taken of the incident shows Anthony Charles Thomas Maxwell rushing Beyonce and Jay-Z as they left the stage.

By Sharon Lynn Pruitt

A fan who rushed the stage at a recent Beyonce and Jay-Z concert, even managing to make brief contact with Jay-Z, is now reportedly facing legal repercussions.

Near the end of the couple’s “On The Run II” tour stop in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday night, a male fan — later identified as 26-year-old Anthony Charles Thomas Maxwell — somehow managed to rush the stage and make contact with Jay-Z before being apprehended by security, E! News reports. In fan-taken video of the incident shared on social media, a man in a white jersey can be seen running onto the performance platform and following Beyonce and Jay-Z as they walk off the stage; backup dancers, who first seem confused by his appearance, later join security in running after him.

Maxwell was reportedly treated for minor injuries he sustained while being prevented from making further contact with the rapper, but no one else was injured as a result of the stunt. The fan was initially released after police issued a citation against him for disorderly conduct, but a charge of simple battery was later added after police were able to gather enough evidence to ascertain that Maxwell had, in fact, made contact with Jay-Z, Atlanta police said in a statement to E! News. 

Beyonce's publicist Yvette Noel-Schure confirmed in an Instagram post that the couple was unharmed, writing: “Thank you to all the fans for your concern. They are fine and looking forward to the show tomorrow.”

Beyonce and Jay-Z performed in Atlanta for a second time on Sunday night before heading to Florida for their next scheduled performances.

[Photo: Beyonce and Jay-Z perform onstage during the “On The Run II” Tour in New Jersey at MetLife Stadium on August 2, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. By Larry Busacca/PW18/Getty Images for Parkwood Entertainment]