The CEO of Morgan Wallen’s record label has responded to claims the country singer was too inebriated to perform at his canceled Sunday (April 23) concert in Mississippi.
Minutes before he took the stage at Vaught Hemingway Stadium, the audience was informed that the singer had lost his voice and their tickets would be refunded.
In a viral TikTok, a fan filmed one of the event’s security guards saying that Wallen was actually so drunk he “couldn’t walk” and that his loss of voice was “bull cr**.”
The guard claimed that Wallen had to be taken out of the venue in an ambulance.
However, the guard’s employer discredited his claim on Monday.
“An employee hired by BEST Crowd Management made false claims in connection with last night’s Morgan Wallen concert and we do not stand by the details of his statement,” the security firm wrote in its Instagram story.
Big Loud Records CEO and co-founder Seth England reposted the message in his story, adding, “Thank you @bestcrowdmanagement for correcting your employee, who made up an entire story that was nowhere near true. Every detail was false.
“Ridiculous what some people will say just for a reaction,” he continued, per Page Six.
In a statement sent to the independent, England emphasized BEST Crowd Management’s statement, adding: “Morgan canceled Sunday’s show in Oxford because she lost her voice. He’s on vocal rest as per his doctor’s orders and he’s doing everything he can to get back to 100 percent.”
After the botched concert, one woman took to Facebook to share a complete itemized list of everything she wanted the country artist to pay back.
The list includes a $560 hotel bill, her suit ($120), her husband’s suit ($218), a meal at the Oxford Grillhouse in Mississippi ($235), and more.
Another fan took it a step further and filed a lawsuit against the singer, who was voluntarily fired on Tuesday.
However, Spectator’s lawyers said they planned to file a class action to “seek redress on behalf of all those affected, not just one person.”
On Monday, Wallen released a statement about the cancellation, writing, “After last night’s show, I started losing my voice, so I spent the day resting, talking to my doctor and doing my vocal exercises trying to get better.
“I really thought I would be able to get on stage and it kills me not to before the show, but my voice is broken and I am unable to sing.
“All tickets will be refunded upon purchase. I’m so sorry, I promise you guys I’ve tried everything I can.
Wallen had already stirred up controversy in 2021 when he was caught on camera outside a home in Nashville, Tennessee, yelling profanity and racial slurs.
He apologized at the time but was indefinitely suspended by his label and his music pulled from radio stations and streaming services.
The year before, Wallen had been arrested for public drunkenness and disorderly conduct after being kicked out of a downtown Nashville bar.