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Kesha row causes collapse of music festival

A row over social media posts made about Kesha by the organiser of a music festival in Toronto, Canada has led to the event’s cancellation.
Anthony Dell’Orso, a co-founder of the city’s Hi-Fi Musical Adventure, attacked the Tik Tok singer amid her ongoing sexual abuse legal battle with mentor and producer Dr. Luke, calling her a “talentless hack with a penchant for drama” on his Facebook.com page.
His remarks upset female artists scheduled to perform at the festival later this month (Mar16), and now his fellow Hi-Fi Musical Adventure organiser, Amanda Langton, has scrapped the event, telling Billboard.com, “I’ve dismantled Hi-Fi – I feel it’s for the best.”
Dell’Orso has also issued a statement to the publication, apologising for his comments and the row which led to the axing of the event.
“I did a stupid thing posting what I did in the first place and the events that followed,” he wrote. “Looking back, I should have just stepped away from it and let it lie, but sometimes emotions get the best of you.
“I apologize for my behaviour and the fallout it caused. I’ll try to repair any relationships that may have been affected by this and trust me I’ve seen far better days.”
He also addressed Kesha’s legal battle after she lost a bid to void her Sony Music recording contract, which ties her to a deal she signed with the producer she has accused of sexually and emotionally abusing her.
“What Kesha is going through is horrible and the deal that she signed is a form of slavery,” Dell’Orso added. “I never meant to make light of the situation having to do with the allegations surrounding her and Dr. Luke.”
Dr. Luke insists he never abused Kesha and has asked for the singer’s lawsuit against him to be dismissed.

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