Akon has issued an apology in response to a series of protests in Sri Lanka inspired by one of his music videos. The Buddhist community in Sri Lanka protested his “Sexy Chick” video with pop singer David Guetta which depicts a pool party scene with girls dancing around a statue of Buddha.

In His apology Akon said,

“I was not aware that the statue was even on the set of the video until now. I would never set out to offend or desecrate anyone's religion or religious beliefs. I myself am a spiritual man, so I can understand why they are offended, but violence is never the answer and I am disheartened to hear about what happened yesterday in Sri Lanka.”