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Fan rushes stage at Beyonce, Jay-Z concert; charged with simple battery

Posted at 2:50 PM, Aug 27, 2018

Someone just had to spoil the party.

The Beyoncé/Jay-Z spectacle that is "On the Run II" was wrapping up its Saturday night stop in Atlanta when a man ran up on stage and bolted after the couple.

He actually got close enough to, as police put it, push Jay-Z -- but the entertainer and his wife are fine.

The incident made for one final "what just happened?" moment to close out a show that already had plenty of "what just happened?" moments (albeit, of the good kind).

Here's what happened:

The Carters were walking off the stage, after tag-teaming through two-and-a-half hours of their respective back catalogs at Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The last few strains of "Apesh*t" were closing out the show with a bevy of dancers doing their thing.



A man in a white jersey, later identified as Anthony Charles Thomas Maxwell, jumped on stage and made a beeline toward the couple.

For a nanosecond, the dancers looked at one another. Then, they sprinted into action, as did the security guys.

Initially, police cited 26-year-old Maxwell with disorderly conduct and released him.

"At the time, there was no evidence Maxwell had made contact with Jay-Z," Atlanta Police spokesman Jarius Daugherty said.

But later, police determined Maxwell did indeed "make contact" with the rapper.

"It appears that Mr. Maxwell pushed Jay-Z," Daugherty said.

Police charged Maxwell with simple battery.

Police also said Maxwell was treated for minor injuries when "people around Jay-Z stopped him from further contact with the performer."

He was booked into the Fulton County Jail. It's unclear if he has retained a lawyer.

CNN reached out to Beyoncé's publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, for details on the incident but didn't hear back. However, Noel-Schure said in an Instagram post: "Thank you to all the fans for your concern. They are fine and looking forward to the show tomorrow."

Sunday was night two of the spectacle in Atlanta. And what a spectacle the show is.

It started with "This. Is. Real. Life" emblazoned on gigantic screens as Jay-Z and Beyoncé took the stage and turned the private turmoils of their marriage into very public art. The set list lifted heavily from the paroxysm of Beyoncé's "Lemonade" and the penance of Jay-Z's "4:44." It was carefully curated and exquisitely choreographed.

Moving catwalks? Check.

Floating stage? Check.

Pyrotechnics? Check.

It ended with the pair locking lips as the words "This. Is. Real. Love" flashed on the screen. They walked off hand-in-hand, catharsis complete.

And then of course, someone had to run up and spoil it.

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