The owner of live music giant AEG, Phillip Anschutz, has denied accusations that he financially supports political organizations that are opposed to LGBT rights.
He did this after online claims emerged about donations made through his Anschutz Foundation.
It is hardly a secret that the billionaire, who made his fortune in oil and infrastructure, and who first created the Anschutz Entertainment Group in 1999, supports right-leaning politicians and organizations.
Anschutz, who hardly speaks to the press, issued an official statement yesterday saying that the claims he supported anti-LGBT causes were “garbage” and that the stories to that effect were “fake news”, and that his companies “do not tolerate discrimination in any form”.
His statement read: “Recent claims published in the media that I am anti-LGBTQ are nothing more than fake news – it is all garbage. I unequivocally support the rights of all people without regard to sexual orientation. We are fortunate to employ a wealth of diverse individuals throughout our family of companies, all of whom are important to us – the only criteria on which they are judged is the quality of their job performance; we do not tolerate discrimination in any form”.
Honing in on donations he has made directly or via his Foundation to political groups, he went on: “Both The Anschutz Foundation and I contribute to numerous organisations that pursue a wide range of causes. Neither I nor the Foundation fund any organisation with the purpose or expectation that it would finance anti-LGBTQ initiatives, and when it has come to my attention or the attention of The Anschutz Foundation that certain organisations either the Foundation or I have funded have been supporting such causes, we have immediately ceased all contributions to such groups”. Read more…
All the talk online came into play particularly after the lineup of Coachella was announced. Coachella is just one of the festivals and music events under the AEG umbrella.
Some people even suggest that artists and/or fans should boycott his entertainment businesses, which of course would be bad for business and hence why we got the rare statement from Anschutz himself.