Veteran music producer Nile Rodgers has fallen foul of a charity for wounded soldiers after pulling out of a fundraising event in a row over hotel rooms.
The Le Freak hitmaker was due to perform and oversee production at Citizens Helping Heroes' Red White & Blue Inaugural Ball in January (09) at a theatre in Washington D.C.
But he cancelled his appearance four days before the event, alleging organisers had not booked appropriate accommodation for his entourage.
A spokesman for Jamestown Entertainment hit back - blasting the musician for leaving war veterans disappointed.
Rodgers tells New York gossip column PageSix, "This is shocking to me. We spent a ton of money and prepared a spectacular production with a bunch of A-list talent and then had to call it off at the last minute when we discovered that CHH hadn't obtained any of the accommodations they were supposed to.
But Freddie Wyatt, of Jamestown Entertainment, said: "Nile sold our troops down the river. What the hell? This was for our wounded soldiers. We had guys with missing legs and arms in the front row."
Wyatt also denied failing to book accommodation for Rodgers and his entourage, adding: "That's not true. We had about 15 hotel rooms, including four at the Ritz-Carlton for their top guys. But they asked for 80 rooms on the week of the inauguration."