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Darren Hayes Gets 'Caution', No Charges in Alleged Race Incident

Darren Hayes posted the following on his blog today regarding the alleged racial incident that occurred at a London Thai restaurant in August:

Darrenhayes"Today the Crown Prosecution and The Metropolitan Police concluded there was no case to answer in relation to the recent allegation that singer Darren Hayes had racially abused a door person at a London restaurant on July 22nd 2007. Upon an investigation the Police recommended that no formal charges be brought against Mr. Hayes and that there was no racist undertone to the incident. 'I could never think, let alone utter a racist remark. It's just not who I am,' Mr. Hayes said. 'As a gay man, I find the notion of discriminating against a human being because of race, gender or sexuality to be abhorrent. It goes against everything I have stood for.' Mr. Hayes confirmed that an altercation took place at the restaurant, for which he received a caution, but strongly denied any racial undertones to the brief exchange. He is pleased that any notion of racism has been ruled out by Police recommendation and he was not charged with any crime. 'It was a horrible thing to be accused of and I want to thank all of my friends, family and fans for giving me the benefit of the doubt. The experience has been frustrating and at times made me very sad, but through it all I have to say I support the legal system and our right of protection under the law. I'm glad the truth is out there. I just want to concentrate on my music now.'"

The specific details of the incident, as far as I know, have not been revealed.

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  1. Good for him. I hope he's telling the truth though!

    Posted by: Shabaka | Sep 21, 2007 12:16:19 PM


  2. I'm glad he's been cleared. It seems that the laws there are really extreme in regards to protecting people against racism which can lead to misunderstandings as this. I would really like to know more details about what actually happened to better understand this. If he just had an altercation with someone of a different race, and that can get twisted in charges or racism,that's just wrong.

    Posted by: Patrick | Sep 21, 2007 12:19:39 PM


  3. excuse my last sentence typo. Was suppose to say, "...and if that can get twisted into charges of racism, that's just wrong"

    Posted by: Patrick | Sep 21, 2007 12:23:25 PM


  4. As we know from this site, whether you are a racist or not has nothing to do with being gay. That said, the UK law is ridiculous. Hopefully PM Brown will undo it if he gets his written bill of rights done--though freedom of expression has never been a very populist program.

    Posted by: anon (gmail.com) | Sep 21, 2007 12:34:19 PM


  5. the law in the UK is the law that they put in from the EU Human Rights council. It's the same in most EU countries and is totally out of line. People who said that the Muslims rioting over the cartoons were arrested and cautioned for simply calling them Muslim criminals.
    An elderly couple who went to a council and said that homosexual sex was wrong, were cited for anti-homosexual words in what was supposed to be a public debate on the issue. They weren't nasty, or angry, just stated their opinion, which is supposed to be your right in a democracy. But not anymore.

    Posted by: Joshua | Sep 22, 2007 2:37:42 AM


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