Western U pulls plug on Sean Kingston frosh concert
But singer will still get paid, even though he won't be playing campus show
Western University pulled the plug on an Orientation Week performance featuring singer Sean Kingston, after learning he had been accused of involvement in a sexual assault in the United States.
The London, Ont., university issued a news release Friday saying that Kingston’s Sept. 7 performance had been cancelled after the school learned the singer was facing a civil suit over his alleged involvement in the sexual assault.
The decision to cancel Kingston's appearance was made jointly by Western and the University Students' Council (USC).
According to the news release, both Western and the USC "felt that while the case is before the courts, proceeding with the concert would undermine the university and the USC's efforts to educate students that Western has zero tolerance for sexual assault."
A report from TMZ.com says that the civil suit has since been settled, but it appears Western has no plans to reschedule the event.
Susan Grindrod, associate vice-president with Housing and Ancillary Services, told CBC News that she was not aware of any decision to change the status of the cancelled concert.
"We just felt that this was the right decision for our orientation program," Grindrod said in a telephone interview on Sunday.
USC president Pat Whelan said the apparent settling of the civil suit "doesn't change anything" about the decision to cancel Kingston’s show.
In a brief telephone interview on Sunday afternoon, Whelan said that Kingston’s presence on campus would distract from the goals of the orientation program.
Despite the cancellation, however, Kingston is still going to be compensated for the planned performance.
"We upheld our end of the contract," Whelan said. "He was paid."
Whelan said he couldn't disclose how much.
Kingston is due to perform at Humber College's Lakeshore Campus on Friday as part of an event that will also feature Toronto's Kardinal Offishall.