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John Legend boycotts own party over owner's anti-gay laws

BOYCOTT: Singer John Legend will not attend a party where he is the guest of honour because of the venue's owner's anti-gay views

SOUL SINGER John Legend is boycotting a hotel party which is being hosted in his name, because of the owner's anti-gay laws.

The Golden Globe and nine-time Grammy winner was chosen to grace the cover of Los Angeles Confidential magazine's latest issue.

To celebrate his magazine cover, the title is hosting a party on Thursday (Feb 12) at the Beverly Hills Hotel - but Legend has declined the invitation.

His decision to boycott the bashis in response to Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, owner of the hotel chain, and Brunei's Sharia law that allows for the stoning, amputation or flogging of those found guilty of adultery or homosexuality.

In a statement defending his choice to skip the party, the singer's publicist Amanda Silverman said: "These policies, which among other things, could permit women and LGBT Bruneians to be stoned to death, are heinous and certainly don't represent John's values.

"John does not, in any way, wish to further enrich the Sultan while he continues to enforce these brutal laws."

Still, the magazine has stayed strong in their decision to hold the party in the hotel's Pink Palace Crystal Ballroom.

CEO Katherine Nicholls of parent company Niche Media, which owns the magazine, said: "To boycott all companies and hotels with affiliations and ownership in nations that do not share our beliefs would cause serious financial harm and damage to the Los Angeles community and the American economy."

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