Paris Electronic Week and FAC51 The Haçienda responded to allegations by dropping the Detroit artist from their lineups.
May has recently come under scrutiny following a number of allegations of sexual harassment and assault, initially posted by Michael James, who composed the piano sequence that serves as the basis for May's 1987 hit "Strings Of Life." James's initial posts on Facebook prompted several women to come forward with allegations of their own. (RA's investigations into this matter are ongoing.)
Paris Electronic Week, scheduled to occur this weekend at La Gaîté Lyrique, is a series of workshops and conferences that will cover subjects including safety and consent in electronic music. "Following the recent sexual assault charges targeting DJ and artist Derrick May who was scheduled to take part in our event, we have made the decision to cancel his appearance pending clarification," read a statement on September 14th.
Technopol s’engage dans la défense d’une fête plus safe et inclusive pour tou.te.s. C’est pourquoi les questions liées à...Posted by Paris Electronic Week on Monday, September 14, 2020
On September 17th, FAC51 The Haçienda confirmed that "Derrick May will not be appearing" at a London event scheduled for 2021 "pending clarification of recent developments," on Facebook.
A day earlier, May made an official statement via his attorney, Kyle J. Dupuy of the Dupuy Law Firm. The statement, posted to Facebook, says James's allegations that "Derrick May has drugged and/or raped several women" are "patently false, libelous and calculated to ruin Derrick May's professional career," going on to say James is "motivated by a spat over royalties that he feels he is owed for Derrick May's Strings Of Life track." May then provided RA with the following statement: "The allegations made against me are without merit. I've spent my life creating, sharing, and exploring beauty. Women are the conduit of life, to be respected and protected. This is how I live."
OFFICIAL STATEMENTPosted by Derrick May on Wednesday, September 16, 2020
It has come to our attention that a former Detroiter named Michael James has been making deeply...