R&B star John Legend has axed plans to attend an event at the Beverly Hills Hotel in California amid an ongoing boycott of the venue by gay rights campaigners.
The All of Me hitmaker was slated to be feted by Los Angeles Confidential magazine editors at the hotel on Thursday (05Feb15), but Legend's representative has announced the star will no longer be attending.
The cancellation has been blamed on the controversy surrounding the owner, the Sultan of Brunei, and his proposed anti-gay law in his home country which has sparked a boycott of hotels in his Dorchester group.
A statement from the singer's representative reads, "John Legend will not be attending the L.A. Confidential party at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Thursday, February 5th in light of the horrific anti-women and anti-Lgbt policies approved by the hotel's owner, the Sultan of Brunei.
"These policies, which among other things could permit women and Lgbt Bruneians to be stoned to death, are heinous and certainly don't represent John's values or the spirit of the event. John does not, in any way, wish to further enrich the Sultan while he continues to enforce these brutal laws."
L.A. Confidential publisher Alison Miller has since defended the decision to hold the event at the hotel, telling The Hollywood Reporter, "Los Angeles Confidential Magazine is an avid supporter of equal rights for all people. Our decision to hold our event at the hotel in no way suggests that we support any anti-human rights policies."
Other stars slated to attend the L.A. Confidential party include Common, Selma director Ava DuVernay, Diplo, Bastille, Carmen Electra and Paul Oakenfold.
Since the news of the Sultan's new laws surfaced last year (14), many stars have come forward backing a boycott of the Dorchester group, including Ellen DeGeneres and Sharon Osbourne.