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ACL Music Festival drops BØRNS from lineup amid sexual harassment allegations

ACL Music Fest drops BØRNS amid sexual harassment allegations

Austin City Limits Festival ACL 2015 Weekend One Day Three Borns
BØRNS will not play ACL's second weekend. Photo by Daniel Cavazos

Less than 48 hours before Weekend Two of Austin City Limits Music Festival was set to begin, event organizers took to social media to announce BØRNS has been nixed from the lineup. 

"BØRNS will no longer be performing at ACL Fest this weekend. An updated performance schedule is available on the ACL Fest website and our Official mobile app," the festival announced on October 10 via Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

The Michigan-based indie rocker played the festival's Weekend One as scheduled, performing on the Honda Stage on Friday, October 5.

This is the second festival in the past month that has removed BØRNS, aka Garrett Clark Borns, from its performance schedule. In September, the Washington, D.C.-based All Things Go Fall Classic said it too was removing the musician from its lineup. The decision came a few days after Borns was accused of sexual harassment and misconduct by women on social media.

In a statement to Pitchfork on September 28, All Things Go organizers declined to specifically say why the festival was taking action. "We hope, in all years and especially this one, that the Fall Classic continues to be part of making the music world a better, more equal place," the statement read. 

Borns meanwhile took to his own social media to respond to the allegations. "I am both hurt and angered over the disturbing and false allegations that have been spread over the past few days on social media," he posted on Instagram on September 25. "All of the relationships I have had were legal and consensual."

ACL organizers didn't elaborate as to why BØRNS was removed or respond to follow up questions from fans. An immediate request for comment was unanswered as of press time, but we will update with any information.