Omarion Cancels London Club Gig

Omarion pulled out of a planned appearance at London’s  nightclub Oct. 2 following complaints that club staff turned women away from its doors for being “overweight” and “too dark.”

Club officials deny the claim, saying: “DSTRKT restaurant and club has launched a thorough investigation into this alleged event and found that at no stage did any of the DSTRKT staff said to the women they were not to be allowed in on any the basis of their skin colour or size,” saying the alleged racist slight was the promoter’s decision, according to BBC Newsbeat.

Omarion used Twitter to announce the cancellation, saying, “I will not be attending #DstrktLondon tonight period.”

DSTRKT, whose website boasts of visits from celebrities such as Chris Martin, Tom Cruise, Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, Jay Z and Justin Bieber, promoted Omarion’s appearance as recently as that afternoon.

A protest was staged outside the club and through social media after a group of women claimed two of them were not allowed in because of their race and appearance.

Model and actress Karrueche Tran attended an event at DSTRKT on the night of the protests. “It’s unfortunate to hear about something like that, especially something that I’m part of,” she told Newsbeat. “I’m half African-American too. I have god-sisters and family who have darker skin as well.

“I don’t support any sort of discrimination. I love people for who they are.” Her event went ahead despite the protest and some people on social media calling for a boycott.