Day for Night Fest severs ties w/ founder over sexual misconduct allegations
Backers of Houston, TX music festival Day for Night have severed ties with its founder, Omar Afra, following allegations of sexual misconduct. According to KHOU, Afra -- who also is the publisher of the Houston Free Press -- has been accused of sexual misconduct with "at least two women who he offered jobs to over a seven-year span." Afra denied the allegations in a Facebook post today-- "I have no choice but to fight back against allegations that are patently false" -- but says he is stepping down from his positions at both Day for Night and Houston Free Press. "It would do no justice to anyone for me to capitulate to lies and fabrications. There is so much more to know about this coordinated attempt but this is clearly not the forum to do so. If I am to move forward on a path of true integrity I need to apologize for what were bad decisions but fight falsehoods tooth and nail."
Day for Night, meanwhile, made a statement, saying "The creditors of Day For Night were shocked and saddened to hear of the allegations of sexual misconduct against Day For Night founder, Omar Afra. We stand with all victims of abuse.
The creditors have deemed it appropriate to foreclose on the entity which owns the festival, effectively removing Omar Afra from any ownership or involvement in Day For Night from this day forward. Out of respect for these alleged victims, any announcement about the future of Day For Night will be made at a later date."