Cee Lo Green dropped from two concerts after rape comments

Cee Lo Green, a.k.a. Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, left, with attorney Blair Berk, in a Los Angeles courtroom last year.
(Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

Cee Lo Green has been dropped from two shows after he made what many considered offensive remarks about rape on Twitter following a recent court case.

The 38-year-old former judge of NBC’s hit “The Voice” and hitmaker behind “Forget You” was pulled from the U.S. Navy-sponsored Freedom Live concert, scheduled for Sept. 20 in Washington, D.C., and the Gretna Heritage Festival in Louisiana.

Organizers for the three-day festival in Gretna, La., announced Green’s Oct. 5 performance would be canceled “as he does not represent the festival’s wholesome family environment,” organizers said in a Facebook post on Friday. Instead, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts will fill his headlining slot.


A replacement for the Freedom Live show, which Little Big Town will headline, has yet to be announced.

Navy officials issued a lengthy statement admonishing Green. Refunds for those who purchased tickets specifically to see Green will be offered, officials said.

“We seek a Department-wide culture of gender dignity and respect where sexual assault is completely eliminated and never tolerated, where sexual assault victims receive compassionate and coordinated support, and where offenders are held appropriately accountable,” the statement said. “Regardless of intent or context, the lack of sensitivity towards an issue that is one of the great challenges facing our Navy is unacceptable.”

Last month the singer born Thomas DeCarlo Calloway pleaded no contest to charges of furnishing Ecstasy to a woman while dining at a downtown Los Angeles restaurant in 2012.

The woman told investigators she woke up to find herself naked in a bed with the singer in her hotel room after dinner, with no recollection of the previous night. But after an extensive investigation prosecutors declined to file any sex-related charges, citing a lack of evidence.

Green, however, had been caught on tape talking about the case and admitting to possession of the drug commonly referred to as Molly. The singer’s attorney described the interaction between Green and the woman as “consensual relations.”


In a series of bizarre, since-deleted tweets days after the hearing, Green implied that a woman has to remember being raped in order for it to actually be considered rape.

“If someone is passed out they’re not even WITH you consciously! so WITH Implies consent,” he wrote.

He deleted the string of offending tweets after fans took him to task. He also briefly deleted his Twitter account before returning and saying he would “never condone the harm of any women,” and that his remarks had been “taken so far out of context.”

“I truly and deeply apologize for the comments attributed to me on Twitter,” Green later wrote. “Those comments were idiotic, untrue and not what I believe.”

His reality series on TBS, “The Good Life,” was also axed.

Green was sentenced to three years’ formal probation and 360 hours of community service and was ordered to complete 52 Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous meetings. He is due back in court in March for a progress report.