September 30, 2023

Jimmie Allen dropped by record label after second sexual assault lawsuit

Jimmie Allen has been dropped by BBR Music Group, the label confirmed Variety late Friday, after a second woman sued him for assault.

“BBR Music Group has terminated its relationship with Jimmie Allen,” the brief statement reads. “He is no longer an active artist in his roster.”

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The country singer had previously been suspended by the label, as well as his agency and manager, after being sued for sexual assault and assault by his former female manager.

Allen denied his ex-manager’s claims that he had raped and sexually assaulted her over the course of 18 months, calling the allegations “not only false, but extremely damaging.” But less than a month after those initial allegations, another woman came forward to accuse Allen in a new sexual assault lawsuit in which the second Jane Doe claims the singer secretly filmed her having sex without her consent or knowledge. After that alleged incident, which took place in July 2022, this woman filed a police report, according to her lawsuit.

After the first lawsuit in May, Allen was suspended by BBR Music Group; his talent agency, UTA; and the management firm The Familie, which he has represented since the end of last year. He was immediately fired by his publicity team at Full Coverage Communications when the allegations first surfaced in May, and has been represented by attorney Andrew Brettler ever since.

VarietyMay’s initial report into allegations against Allen in May revealed that the singer had been ousted by his former manager, Wide Open Music’s Ash Bowers, after the first woman came forward with her sexual assault allegations. The break with his old manager, who discovered him and helped catapult him to superstardom, happened quietly at the end of 2022.

Allen was one of the most promising and in-demand artists in modern country music. His career has been stalled by news of the allegations and he has publicly apologized to his wife and children for what he categorizes as an ‘affair’, but maintains his innocence and has denied any allegations of wrongdoing. (Allen and his wife, who is pregnant with their third child, announced their separation earlier this year, before the allegations became public.)

Allen, who was nominated for Best New Artist at the 2022 Grammy Awards, had three of his first four singles hit No. 1 on country radio, a rarity for a debuting artist in the format. Since his breakthrough, he has been honored with awards including Best New Artist wins at the 2021 CMA and ACM awards. Allen started out as a contestant on “American Idol” in 2011, and more recently has been featured on the singing competition show as famous artist and mentor. He toured with Carrie Underwood on her nationwide “The Diamonds & Rhinestones Tour” earlier this year. His aspirations extend beyond music, competing on the 30th season of ‘Dancing With the Stars’ and serving as a judge on Apple’s music competition show ‘My Kind of Country’, executive produced by Reese Witherspoon and Kacey Musgraves. A regular on talk shows, he was packaged as a family-friendly, all-American star, even performing at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The attorney representing both women who are suing Allen separately told the story Variety that she’s been approached by more of Allen’s accusers. “We’ve talked to more women and I expect more lawsuits to come,” she says.

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