John Legend pulls out of party because the venue is owned by the Sultan of Brunei
US singer John Legend drew a line in the sand and The Beverly Hills Hotel was not on the side where he was standing.
Entertainment magazine LA Confidential had planned to hold a party on Thursday to celebrate its December/January cover and also to honour Legend.
The 36-year-old singer is not only on the cover of the magazine, but he is also nominated for, along with rapper Common, an Oscar for his song "Glory" from the civil rights era movie "Selma," reported The Hollywood reporter.
When they announced that they were planning to hold it at the hotel's Pink Palace Crystal Ballroom, the star (via his public relations representative) announced that he would not be attending the party because of the hotel's owner.
"John Legend will not be attending the L.A. Confidential party at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Thursday, February 5th in light of the horrific anti-women and anti-LGBT policies approved by the hotel's owner, the Sultan of Brunei. 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." - Statement to The Hollywood Reporter from John Legend's representative.
Owned by the Sultan of Brunei, the hotel was a popular spot among the Hollywood glitterati, until it was boycotted by many of the Hollywood elite after Brunei implemented Syariah law in the country.
The controversial law calls for the stoning of homosexuals and adulterers and it has been widely criticised in the western world.
The magazine has responded by saying that while they respect Legend's decision not to attend the party, the event will continue at the location.
"...believe that each individual, company and organization must make their own decision as to how they communicate their positions on political views, social and civil rights." - Statement from The Hollywood Repoter.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter, Vanity Fair