Jimmie Allen suspended by record label, no longer performing at CMA Fest

Allen has been accused of sexual abuse

Jimmie Allen has been suspended by his longtime record label and will no longer be performing at CMA Fest following allegations of sexual abuse. Stoney Creek Records has released the following statement regarding Allen.

“In light of today’s allegations against Jimmie Allen, BBR Music Group has decided to suspend all activity with him, effective immediately,” the label shares.

Allen was scheduled to perform at Nissan Stadium on the final night of the 50th Annual CMA Fest on Sunday, June 11th. A rep from the Country Music Association confirmed to Rolling Stone that Allen was removed from the lineup.

The surprising news dropped on Thursday (May 11th) that a member of Jimmie Allen’s former day-to-day management team has filed a lawsuit against the country star in civil court over a variety of sexual allegations, including sexual battery, assault, false imprisonment, sex trafficking and emotional distress. Variety broke the news that an unnamed woman alleges that she was manipulated and groomed by Allen into a sexually abusive relationship that happened during an 18 month period from 2000-2022. Variety details the lawsuit and corroborates parts of Jane Doe’s story after speaking to her and others, and reviewing hundreds of text messages exchanged between she and Allen. No charges have been filed as of press time. Allen’s former management company, Wide Open Music, and its founder Ash Bowers are also named in the suit for “gross negligence and participating in a venture engaged in sex trafficking, among other counts.”

Bowers tells Variety that he and the company were unaware of the relationship between Allen and Jane Doe until she disclosed her allegations in a meeting in October 2022.

“We immediately ended our professional relationship with Mr. Allen,” Bowers tells Variety after learning of the allegations.

Allen acknowledges the relationship, but called it “consensual.”

“It is deeply troubling and hurtful that someone I counted as one of my closest friends, colleagues and confidants would make allegations that have no truth to them whatsoever,” Allen says. “I acknowledge that we had a sexual relationship — one that lasted for nearly two years. During that time, she never once accused me of any wrongdoing, and she spoke of our relationship and friendship as being something she wanted to continue indefinitely. Only after things ended between us, did she hire a lawyer to reach out and ask for money, which leads me to question her motives. The simple fact is, her accusations are not only false, but also extremely damaging. I’ve worked incredibly hard to build my career, and I intend to mount a vigorous defense to her claims and take all other legal action necessary to protect my reputation.”

Last month, it was announced that Allen and his wife Alexis Gale were separating after nearly three years of marriage. They also shared a new baby is on the way. It’s unclear if the separation is related to the allegations.

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