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UPDATE: Green's set scheduled for the Alabama Music Festival on Oct. 4 was also canceled.
CeeLo Green has been dropped from the lineup of two concerts, including one sponsored by the U.S. Navy, following recent controversial comments about rape that were reportedly posted on his Twitter page.
The 40-year-old "F--k You" singer and former The Voice coach has not commented about the cancellations. He had apologized for the controversial remarks that he said were "attributed" to him and which were deleted following an online backlash. The controversy immediately followed a recent drug case involving CeeLo and a woman.
CeeLo was supposed to co-headline a Freedom Live brand gig on Sept. 20 at the Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling military installation in Washington, D.C. with the country group Little Big Town. Organizers recently announced the singer will no longer perform.
"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," they announced on the concert's Facebook page.
"Unfortunately, one of the performers we signed for the JBAB Freedom Live show on 20 September recently posted comments on social media that we consider to completely inconsistent with Navy core values," the post 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. As a result, we have made the decision to pull CeeLo Green from the Freedom Live event on 20 September."
CeeLo was also scheduled to headline the Gretna Heritage Festival in Louisiana in October. He was recently replaced by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts.
In a statement published by the website of local TV station WWL, they cited "recent controversial comments" reportedly made by CeeLo "surrounding recent incidents" and said, "Our community does not condone these disparaging remarks."
The controversial tweets reportedly posted on CeeLo's Twitter page had stated that "if someone is passed out they're not even WITH you consciously" and "people who have really been raped REMEMBER!!!" The singer said the comments were "idiotic, untrue and not what I believe" and the tweets were deleted, while his entire Twitter page was removed temporarily.
Days earlier, CeeLo had pleaded no contest to furnishing ecstasy to a woman in 2012 and also entered a special plea in which he maintains his innocence in the case. Prosecutors had dropped a previous charge of rape, citing insufficient evidence.
Also on Tuesday, the day the reported tweets were posted, TBS announced it had canceled the singer's new show, which had received lackluster ratings.