John Legend has pulled out of pre-Grammy party amid a Hollwood boycott of a hotel owned by the anti-gay Sultan of Brunei.
Los Angeles Confidential magazine had planned the first major entertainment industry party at the Beverly Hills Hotel in honor of its cover star.
However, a representative for the R&B singer said he would no longer be attending.
‘John Legend will not be attending the LA Confidential party at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Thursday, 5 February in light of the horrific anti-women and anti-LGBT policies approved by the hotel’s owner, the Sultan of Brunei,’ she said.
‘These policies, which among other things could permit women and LGBT Bruneians to be stoned to death, are heinous and certainly don’t represent John’s values or the spirit of the event. John does not, in any way, wish to further enrich the sultan while he continues to enforce these brutal laws.’
Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, the absolute ruler of Brunei and one of the world’s wealthiest people, announced the dracanion updates to the small oil-rich country’s penal codes last April.
Human Rights Campaign (HRC) have also called on Los Angeles Confidential to move the event to a different venue.
‘The simple truth is that profits from these hotels support a regime that could start stoning women and LGBT people as soon as this year,’ said Ty Cobb, director of HRC global, in a letter to the publisher.
‘Moving this event would send a clear message to the Sultan of Brunei, and would show that the leadership of LA Confidential stands in support of the fundamental human rights of women and LGBT people.’
Reached by The Hollywood Reporter on Monday, the magazine’s publisher Alison Miller said in a statement: ‘Los Angeles Confidential Magazine is an avid supporter of equal rights for all people. Our decision to hold our event at the hotel in no way suggests that we support any anti-human rights policies.’
LA Confidential had issued a media alert, announcing confirmed celebritites attendees, including Legend, wife Chrissy Teigen, Common, Ava DuVernay, Diplo, Bastille, Keke Palmer, Paul Oakenfold, Henry Sanders, Evan Ross, Ernie Hudson, Carmen Electra, Ali Landry, Miller herself and editor-in-chief Spencer Beck.