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LEWISTON, N.Y. (WIVB) - News 4 has confirmed a big-time rapper was arrested in western New York, Thursday night.

Sean Anderson, also known as Big Sean, of Detroit, was accused of sexual assault during the Whiz Khalifa concert at Artpark.

Around 9:50 p.m. state police received a complaint that a woman was sexually assaulted during the concert.

>> This isn't the first time a rapper was arrested in western New York. DMX was arrested in Erie County. Two other stars ran into trouble in 2000, Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw were arrested at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

An investigation resulted in two arrests. Big Sean and another Detroit man, Willie Hansbro, were charged with forcible touching, second-degree unlawful imprisonment and third-degree sex abuse.
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Details are still surfacing, but New York State Parks Police arrested rapper Big Sean during the Wiz Khalifa show at Artpark on Thursday night.

Big Sean, one of the night's opening acts, was arrested along with another man on charges of forcible touching, sexual assault and unlawful imprisonment after an incident with a female.

Police huddled with a group of teenage girls while Khalifa was on stage, trying to find one member that had gone missing. Police were passing a cell phone from from one of the teens, reading a text message.

According to a release from the State Parks Police, an investigation started at 9:50 p.m. after a call of a complaint from a female who said she was sexually assaulted.

Two men, Willie Hansbro and Sean Anderson, both from Detroit, were charged with forcible touching, second-degree unlawful imprisonment and third-degree sex abuse.

The two men were issued appearance tickets and were released on $500 bail.

Police gathered near the entrance with a handful of teenage girls, many of whom were crying.

This after a sellout crowd largely comprised of suburban teens was relatively tame during the sold out show, with a smattering of arrests for possession of marijuana, and a few minor incidents in which youngsters tried to climb the side walls to get in.

Local police enforcement were worried possible episodes surrounding the Khalifa show. Artpark beefed up security, putting 80 security guards on the show, adding a drug-sniffing dog on the premises, and using wands to check for weapons.

Anderson is a Detroit native and was supposed to be part of a homecoming show as part of the Rolling Papers tour that's scheduled to appear in the Detroit suburb of Pontiac tonight.

While Khalifa and his song "Black and Yellow" have drawn national recognition, not to mention a Rolling Stone cover earlier this year, Big Sean had been enjoying his own breakout year thanks to his album "Finally Famous." He had also been part of an online collaboration series with Khalifa.

The incident marred what had been a relatively quiet evening. Artpark and Co. decided against selling alcohol at the show. Previously, as we reported here first, Village of Lewiston Police Commissioner Al Soluri urged the mayor and trustees to call on politicians higher on the chain to put a stop to the show.

Soluri said he feared the show could trigger something similar to what happened on July 3, when 1,200 people spilled over into the street at the Rapids Theatre in the Falls. Several people were injured in that incident, and initial reports said a shooting and two stabbings took place.

But Artpark and local law enforcement were ready for anything, as the venue had twice as many security guards as it typically schedules for the Tuesday in the Park series.

The show sold out less than an hour before it was scheduled to start, and a younger crowd was mostly well behaved.

Judy Marlow of Niagara Falls, Ontario, was at the concert with a friend and her friend's 14-year-old daughter, enjoying the pre-show festivities in the courtyard while carrying a smiley-faced yellow balloon. Although Marlow only knew one song, "Black and Yellow," she was happy to join the group.

"This is fun," she said. "And it's not the crowd I thought it would be."

Ryan Czeck and Nicole Pauldine drove to Lewiston from the Syracuse-area suburb of Sterling just to watch Khalifa and Co. They sat along the rail in the lawn seating area hours before the show started, and said they thought any worries the village had were unfounded.

"It's all hype," Czeck said. "That's all."

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Big Sean was arrested after a woman complained of being sexually assaulted at a show in upstate New York on Thursday night.

According to The Associated Press, State Park Police charged the 23-year-old rapper, born Sean Anderson, with misdemeanor counts of forcible touching, unlawful imprisonment, and sex abuse.

Police received the complaint around 9:50 p.m. Thursday at Artpark State Park, where Sean was performing with Wiz Khalifa.

A second Detroit man, Willie Hansbro, was also arrested and charged. Both men were issued appearance tickets and released on $500 bail. They are scheduled to appear in Niagara County Court in Lewiston, New York, on September 6.

UPDATE: Big Sean's lawyer has released a statement denying the accusations. "Last night, recording artists, Sean 'Big Sean' Anderson and Willie 'Sayitainttone' Hansbro were arrested and then immediately released by the NY State Police in connection with an allegation made by a female who was at their concert in Lewiston, New York," said Scott E. Leemon. "Both men were charged with misdemeanors and they both vehemently deny the allegations. I am confident, that after further investigation, both men will be vindicated."
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