Festivals dump Cee Lo Green after rape comment

Singer Cee Lo Green as he signs autographs at an M&M’s pretzel promotion in New York on 2011. Cee Lo Green has been dropped from his last remaining performance dates as outrage builds over the R&B star's treatment of a woman and subsequent
Singer Cee Lo Green as he signs autographs at an M&M’s pretzel promotion in New York on 2011. Cee Lo Green has been dropped from his last remaining performance dates as outrage builds over the R&B star's treatment of a woman and subsequent comments on rape. -- PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK (AFP) - Cee Lo Green has been dropped from his last remaining performance dates as outrage builds over the R&B star's treatment of a woman and subsequent comments on rape.

The BayFest Music Festival in Alabama - the last concert date listed on Green's website - said late Monday that it had canceled his October 4 performance.

Green's remarks "are contrary to the beliefs and conscience" of the festival, organizers said in a statement.

The singer was earlier dropped by a Washington festival organized for troops by the US military - which itself has faced accusations that it is not doing more to stop rape - and by the Gretna Heritage Festival in Louisiana.

The TBS network also canceled his reality show The Good Life. Green - a five-time Grammy winner whose song Crazy with Gnarls Barkley was a massive hit in 2006 - was in August put on probation for giving a 33-year-old woman ecstasy without her knowledge.

Green had gone with the woman from a Los Angeles restaurant to her hotel. Prosecutors did not charge him with rape of an intoxicated person, citing lack of evidence.

Green later wrote a series of tweets, including, "People who have really been raped REMEMBER!!!" The singer later deleted the tweets and apologized for "comments attributed to me" on Twitter.