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US country music star and American Idol alum Jimmie Allen will embark on a comedy tour called I Said What I Said in October, but the shows are strictly “invite-only”, Rolling Stone reports.
“’I Said What I Said,’ and I’m gonna say it again during my 3-night comedy tour coming this October,” Allen wrote on Instagram, accompanying a picture of him smiling and shrugging. “ALL shows are invite-only, so be sure signup with your e-mail via link in bio to receive the latest news & how to win tix”. Dates and venues haven’t been announced yet.
The announcement of Allen heading on a comedy tour follows two recent serious allegations of sexual assault by two different women. In response to the allegations, Allen is countersuing both women for defamation.
In May, Jane Doe 1, Allen’s former manager, accused him of alleged assault and sexual abuse.
She sued Allen and her former employer, Wide Open Music, and Ash Bowers, its founder, who she claims terminated her contract after she told them about the alleged abuse (Wide Open Music also dropped Allen at the time).
The alleged abuse took place over 18 months. In a lawsuit obtained by Variety, Allen’s former manager recalled multiple incidents when he allegedly groped and raped her.
In June, Jane Doe 2 alleged that Jimmie Allen sexually assaulted her in a hotel room and filmed the encounter without her consent, per a Variety report. Jane Doe 2 sued Allen for battery, assault, invasion of privacy and emotional distress.
Since the allegations came to light, Jimmie Allen was dropped from his record label, BBR Music Group. Allen denied the allegations.
Shortly after Jane Doe 1’s lawsuit emerged, Allen wrote: “It is deeply troubling and hurtful that someone I counted as one of my closest friends, colleagues and confidants would make allegations that have no truth to them whatsoever.”
In his countersue lawsuit, Allen described the encounters with both women as “consensual” and called their allegations “intentional” and “malicious”.