Jimmy Allen out of CMA fest, suspended by label after sexual harassment allegations

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jimmy allen removed from this year CMAFest performance lineup, following allegations of assault and sexual abuse that surfaced on Thursday. A representative for the Country Music Association confirmed their removal from the lineup. Rolling stone,

Allen was originally slated to play at Nashville's Nissan Stadium on June 11, with a lineup that also includes Ashley McBride, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan and Tim McGraw. Nissan Stadium is the largest stage during the fan-focused CMAFest, and a prestigious opportunity for an artist to reach thousands of devoted country-music fans. CMAFest is set for June 8-11 in Nashville, which will feature artists through the weekend including Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert, Cody Johnson and Eric Church.

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Allen, penned hits for his record label Stony Creek Records with songs like “Best Shot” and “Down ,” has also been suspended by the label following allegations of sexual against the singer. Stoney Creek is an imprint of BBR Music Group.

“In light of today's allegations against Jimmy Allen, BBR Music Group has decided to suspend all activities with him with immediate effect,” the label said in a statement.

In addition to Stoney Creek Records, BBR Music Group includes Broken Bow Records and Wheelhouse Records. Artists under the BBR umbrella include Jason Aldean, Lanny Wilson, Jelly Roll, and Dustin Lynch. In 2017, BBR Music Group was purchased by BMG.

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Allen was scheduled to deliver the commencement address at Delaware State University on Friday, but has since dropped out, According to a statement from Delaware State University, officials “were notified by Jimmy Allen, the scheduled keynote speaker for the May 8, 12 graduation commencement, that he would be unable to attend the ceremony.” respects the decision and is grateful that Congresswoman Lisa Blunt has agreed to address the Rochester graduates.

in a story informed earlier by thursday Diversity, Allen is the subject of a lawsuit brought against him and his former management company by a Jane Doe plaintiff, Allen's one-time daily manager. The suit accuses Allen of assault and sexual abuse over an 18-month period, including shocking allegations that he “raped her in private while choking her” and “blackmailed her into keeping quiet.” videographed several sexual encounters for

in a statement sent to Rolling stone Through his attorney, Allen denied the allegations: “It is deeply disturbing and saddening that someone I count as one of my closest friends, colleagues and confidants would make allegations that contain no truth.” . . I accept that we had a sexual relationship — one that lasted almost two years,” he said, questioning his accuser's motives and calling the allegations “not only false, but extremely hurtful.”

Allen previously won the ACM New Artist of the Year Award as well as CMA's New Artist of the Year honors. She also earned a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist. His most recent album is due in 2022 Tulip Drive,

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