Country Singer Jimmie Allen Suspended and Removed from CMA Fest Lineup Amid Rape Allegations
Country singer Jimmie Allen has been suspended by his record label, BBR Music Group, and removed from the lineup for CMA Fest amid serious allegations of rape and sexual abuse made by his former manager.
A statement was received from a representative of BBR Music Group stating that they have decided to suspend all activity with Allen immediately.
These allegations came to light just hours before the live broadcast of the Academy of Country Music Awards when Variety reported that Allen’s former day-to-day manager, referred to as Jane Doe, claimed that he had forced himself onto her and subjected her to abuse on multiple occasions.
In response to the allegations, Jimmie Allen maintains that his relationship with his former manager was consensual. He expressed deep distress and hurt over the accusations, emphasizing that he considered her a close friend, colleague, and confidant.
Allen revealed that they had a sexual relationship that lasted nearly two years and pointed out that she never accused him of wrongdoing.
He also highlighted that she spoke positively about their relationship and wanted to continue it indefinitely. Allen questioned her motives, stating that she only hired a lawyer to ask for money after their relationship ended.
Due to these allegations, Jimmie Allen will no longer perform at CMA Fest 2023, scheduled from June 8 to June 11 at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee. A representative for CMA confirmed that Allen had been removed from the performer lineup.
Jimmie Allen, a 37-year-old singer, gained significant recognition with his debut single “Best Shot” in 2018, which reached No. 1 on country radio and achieved platinum status. He made history as the first Black artist to have his debut single reach No. 1 on country radio.
Allen’s success continued with songs like “Freedom Was a Highway” and “Make Me Want To.” He has toured with notable artists such as Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley and was named the new Artist of the Year at the 2021 Country Music Association Awards.
In recent news, on the same day that Allen’s former manager filed the lawsuit against him, his wife, Alexis Gale, filed for divorce, citing “irreconcilable differences.” This divorce filing comes a few weeks after the couple announced their separation.
As the legal proceedings unfold, Allen has requested joint custody of their two daughters, while Gale, currently pregnant with their third child, has asked for primary custody.
Following the serious allegations and the lawsuit, BBR Music Group has immediately suspended all activities involving Jimmie Allen. Additionally, the Country Music Association has confirmed his removal from the planned set at CMA Fest in June.
Allen vehemently denies the allegations, asserting that they are false and damaging. He intends to vigorously defend himself against these claims and take any necessary legal action to protect his reputation.