Official: No legal action against profane rapper
The city will not pursue legal action against Wale, the Washington, D.C.-based hip hop artist who reportedly used profanity and a racial slur while performing at Artscape, the director of the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts said Monday.
Organizers were shocked when Wale used offensive language during his performance, BOPA executive director Bill Gilmore told Baltimore Sun colleague Julie Scharper.
“He is not known to do that kind of performance,” said Gilmore. “We were pretty much caught off guard.”
Artscape musicians are cautioned that their acts must be suitable for family audiences, said Gilmore. “This is the first time this had ever happened” at Artscape, he said.
Performers are paid in advance and it is not possible to reduce or revoke the payment, he said. The city does not intend to pursue any type of legal action, he said.
“It was unfortunate,” said Gilmore, noting that the office has discussed preventing similar incidents in the future. “It was a tough lesson and we need to move on.”