Hayes cleared by police
Darren Hayes has been cleared of allegations he racially abused a doorman at a London restaurant.
The Crown Prosecution and London’s Metropolitan Police have determined there were no racial undertones to an altercation that took place between the singer and the restaurant staff member earlier this year.
Hayes admitted there was an argument between himself and the staff member, but denied it had any racial undertone. As a result he was given an official warning over the incident.
“It was a horrible thing to be accused of and I want to thank all of my friends, family and fans for giving me the benefit of the doubt,” Hayes said in a statement.
“The experience has been frustrating and at times it made me very sad, but through it all I have to say I support the legal system and our right of protection under the law. I’m glad the truth is out there.”
No formal charges will be laid against Hayes, who insists he had no intention of being racist.
“I could never think, let alone utter a racist remark. It’s just not who I am,” he said.
“As a gay man, I find the notion of discriminating against a human being because of race, gender, or sexuality to be abhorrent. It goes against everything I have stood for.”