Nation singer Jimmie Allen has been suspended by his music label and faraway from subsequent month’s CMA Fest lineup after his former manager filed a lawsuit claiming he raped and sexually abused her.
“In gentle of [the] allegations in opposition to Jimmie Allen, BBR Music Group has determined to droop all exercise with him, efficient instantly,” read a statement issued Thursday to media retailers.
Allen’s former day-to-day supervisor filed the federal go well with as “Jane Doe” Thursday in Tennessee. She is accusing Allen, 37, of sexual battery, assault, false imprisonment, intercourse trafficking and emotional misery.
She alleges the “Make Me Need To” musician raped her and subjected her to sexual abuse and harassment over 18 months whereas she was employed by his administration firm.
Allen claims they’d a consensual sexual relationship.
“It’s deeply troubling and hurtful that somebody I counted as one among my closest associates, colleagues, and confidants would make allegations that don’t have any reality to them in anyway,” he mentioned in a press release to Web page Six.
“I acknowledge that we had a sexual relationship — one which lasted for practically two years.”
The assertion continued: “Throughout that point she by no means as soon as accused me of any wrongdoing, and she or he spoke of our relationship and friendship as being one thing she needed to proceed indefinitely. Solely after issues ended between us, did she rent a lawyer to succeed in out and ask for cash, which leads me to query her motives.”
The “Greatest Shot” singer concluded, “The easy reality is, her accusations will not be solely false but in addition extraordinarily damaging. I’ve labored extremely laborious to construct my profession, and I intend to mount a vigorous protection to her claims and take all different authorized motion essential to guard my fame.”
An legal professional for Allen’s accuser denied the accusations are a cash seize, claiming Allen and his group have threatened the lady.
“The one ask we made from Allen and his authorized counsel was to satisfy to debate Allen’s conduct and backbone of our consumer’s claims. At no time did our consumer make a financial demand,” Elizabeth Fegan, founding accomplice of FeganScott, the agency representing the lady, told Variety.
“The response was a tough no, and coloured with threats that his group would take steps to publicly tarnish my consumer. My consumer had no selection however to be proactive in defending herself by submitting the grievance.”
In addition to Allen, the lady can be suing her former employer, Huge Open Music, and singer-songwriter Ash Bowers, its founder, claiming she was fired after sharing the allegations with them.
“Having been conscious of Allen’s previous conduct, it’s reprehensible that the corporate picked her out and threw her to the wolves like they did, figuring out how issues would prove,” Fegan mentioned.
“Allen recognized her as his goal and groomed her, and the corporate did completely nothing to stop it.”
Bowers has denied the allegations, claiming to Selection that he didn’t hearth the lady as retaliation.
“[Jane Doe] was the day-to-day supervisor for Mr. Allen,” Bowers mentioned. “As soon as Huge Open Music not managed Mr. Allen, that position was gone and, moreover, [the company] has transitioned out of artist administration fully.”
The lawsuit comes weeks after Allen introduced he and his spouse of practically three years, Alexis Gale, had separated.
“After a lot thought and reflection in current months, Lex & I’ve made the choice to separate,” Allen wrote on Instagram, whereas additionally revealing Gale is pregnant with the couple’s third youngster collectively.
“As we navigate this life change, we are able to additionally share that we’ll be welcoming one other youngster collectively later this 12 months.”
The singer famous the couple’s “primary precedence is and all the time might be making certain that [their] kids are wholesome, completely satisfied, and beloved.”
The couple filed for divorce final month, according to “Entertainment Tonight.”
Allen can be dad to a son, Aadyn, 8, from a earlier relationship.
He’ll not carry out at CMA Fest 2023, set for June 8-11 in Nashville, Tennessee.
“We’ve got eliminated Jimmie Allen from our performer lineup,” a competition rep told the Hollywood Reporter this week.
Allen, whose hits embrace “Freedom Was a Freeway” and “Drunk & I Miss You,” was named new artist of the 12 months on the 2021 Nation Music Affiliation Awards.