Prosecutors say the man charged with assaulting singer Bebe Rexha told cops he did it because he thought it would be amusing.
On Sunday night, Rexha was finishing her show at Pier 17 in New York City when she was hit in the face by a phone.
She was hospitalized in the incident with a black eye and required multiple stitches to close the wound.
A video posted online shows the 33-year-old turning away from the crowd and falling to her knees while clutching her face.
New York police said the suspect “deliberately” threw his cell at Rexha.
Nicholas Malvagna, who was charged after the incident, reportedly admitted he did it for his own entertainment.
The 27-year-old faces two counts of assault, one count of molestation, one count of aggravated molestation and one count of attempted assault.
According to the Manhattan Attorney’s Office, Malvagna was arrested around 11 p.m. Sunday night and confessed to calling the singer.
“I tried to hit her with the phone at the end of the show because it would be funny,” he reportedly told cops.
He was asked to stay away from the Grammy-nominated singer.
Rexha shared an update on her Instagram page on Monday showing two close-ups of her injury.
Her face and eye are badly bruised and she had duct tape over the cut on her eyebrow that required three stitches.
She reassured fans by saying, “I’m fine.”
After footage of the incident went viral on the internet, Rexha’s fans rushed to condemn Malvagna’s actions.
One Twitter user said: “Absolutely amazing show ruined by a fan throwing their phone at @BebeRexha. Hopefully she’ll be fine afterwards.”
Another posted the footage, saying, “This is Bebe Rexha being hustled out of the concert hall here in NYC after someone threw a friggin’ phone and slapped her in the face as she was leaving the stage.”
“We all had a damn good time and so did Bebe, we all had a blast I mean who would even do that???”
“We hope you’re doing well @BebeRexha.”
During the concert, fans could be heard insulting Malvagna and shouting, “This is assault!”
The kennel worker is due to appear in court again on July 1 after being released without bail on Monday.