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Cee-Lo Is Dropped From A Music Festival Due To His Rape Comments

It's been a tough couple of weeks for the singer, who has been in the center of controversy following comments he made on Twitter.

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Things just keep getting worse for musician Cee-Lo Green, who recently caught heat for rape-related comments he made on Twitter.

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Green recently plead no contest to charges that he slipped a woman ecstasy in 2012. It was also alleged that he raped the woman in question, but no formal charges were filed due to insufficient evidence.

After entering his plea, Green took to Twitter and made some controversial comments about what is and isn't rape, asserting that it isn't rape if the woman can't remember it.

You deleted this one too. RT @CeeLoGreen: women who have really been raped REMEMBER!!!


You deleted this one too. RT @CeeLoGreen: women who have really been raped REMEMBER!!!

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And last night, it was announced that he has been dropped from the lineup of a concert known as Freedom LIVE in Washington, D.C.

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The Root reported that the concert is organized by Naval District Washington. Their decision to drop Green from the line up is directly related to his comments concerning rape, as stated on the Freedom LIVE Facebook page:

We seek a Department-wide culture of gender dignity and respect where sexual assault is completely eliminated and never tolerated, where sexual assault victims receive compassionate and coordinated support, and where offenders are held appropriately accountable.
Unfortunately, one of the performers we signed for the JBAB Freedom Live show on 20 September recently posted comments on social media that we consider to completely inconsistent with Navy core values. Regardless of intent or context, the lack of sensitivity towards an issue that is one of the great challenges facing our Navy is unacceptable.
As a result, we have made the decision to pull CeeLo Green from the Freedom Live event on 20 September.

The show's organizers have offered full refunds to ticket holders who request them.

Tracy Clayton is an audio producer for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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