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Published: 2017/01/06

Philip Anschutz, Owner of AEG, Issues Statement on Anti-LGBTQ Accusations

Following the announcement of this summer’s Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival lineup, allegations emerged against AEG founder Philip Anschutz, the owner of the live-event promoter that operates Goldenvoice, the company that launched Coachella in 1999.

Among the reports were those accusing Anschutz of actively working against the LGBTQ community. In an article published by The Washington Post, it is noted that Anschutz has previously donated to anti-LGBTQ groups like Alliance Defending Freedom, National Christian Foundation and Family Research Council.

Amid these claims, Anschutz issued a rare public statement as reported by Billboard calling them “nothing more than fake news.” He added, “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.”

Anschutz went on to deny that he or his foundation contributed to any anti-LGBTQ organizations, saying, “When it has come to my attention or the attention of The Anschutz Foundation that certain organizations either the Foundation or I have funded have been supporting such causes, we have immediately ceased all contributions to such groups.”

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