Llanas’ Sum­mer­fest show can­celed, PR firm cuts ties fol­low­ing ac­cu­sa­tions.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - - Front Page - Piet Levy

Former BoDeans mem­ber Sam Llanas will no longer play Sum­mer­fest, and the PR firm pro­mot­ing his new al­bum has sev­ered ties, fol­low­ing a Jour­nal Sen­tinel re­port Mon­day in which Llanas was ac­cused of child mo­lesta­tion.

Tessa Neu­mann — the 26-year-old step­daugh­ter of BoDeans’ frontman Kurt Neu­mann — says that BoDeans’ co-founder and former band mem­ber Llanas re­peat­edly mo­lested her and had sexual con­ver­sa­tions with her when she was a child, from 2001 un­til 2006 or 2007.

Through a se­ries of in­ter­views with the Jour­nal Sen­tinel, Tessa Neu­mann said that Llanas first made sexual contact with her when she was 9, and that he forced her to per­form hand and oral sex on him when she was 13 or 14.

Llanas de­nies the al­le­ga­tions. He has not been charged with a crime, and Tessa Neu­mann has not filed a com­plaint with po­lice or pur­sued a civil law­suit.

By Tues­day af­ter­noon, Llanas’ Sum­mer­fest date had been re­moved from his web­site’s tour page and the Mil­wau­kee mu­sic fes­ti­val’s web­site. He was sched­uled to play the Miller Lite Oa­sis — Sum­mer­fest’s largest-ca­pac­ity grounds stage — on June 30, as the di­rect opener for Third Eye Blind.

“Sam Llanas and Mil­wau­kee World Fes­ti­val Inc. have mu­tu­ally agreed that he will not per­form at Sum­mer­fest this year,” Sum­mer­fest of­fi­cials said in a state­ment. Mil­wau­kee World Fes­ti­val Inc. is Sum­mer­fest’s par­ent com­pany.

A rep­re­sen­ta­tive from ClearWater Har­bor in Wau­paca, where Llanas was sup­posed to per­form July 1, also told the Jour­nal Sen­tinel it was can­cel­ing his ap­pear­ance.

Llanas is sched­uled to play six other shows this sum­mer in Wis­con­sin and Illi­nois.

Through email and Face­book mes­sages, the Jour­nal Sen­tinel reached out to each of the venues and fes­ti­val or­ga­niz­ers that booked Llanas to see if he was still sched­uled to per­form.

A rep­re­sen­ta­tive from Solu Win­ery in Cas­cade said they were “re­view­ing our op­tions.” A rep­re­sen­ta­tive from Flat­land Sum­mer Jam in Ma­comb, Illi­nois, con­firmed they had re­ceived the Jour­nal Sen­tinel’s mes­sage. As of Tues­day evening, the Jour­nal Sen­tinel had not heard back from the other venue own­ers and fes­ti­val or­ga­niz­ers.

Baby Ro­bot Me­dia was han­dling pub­lic­ity for the al­bum but fol­low­ing the Jour­nal Sen­tinel’s re­port Mon­day ended its cam­paign.

“Im­me­di­ately upon learn­ing of the al­le­ga­tions against Sam Llanas, we in­formed him that Baby Ro­bot will no longer be rep­re­sent­ing him,” Steve LaBate, co-founder and di­rec­tor of pub­lic­ity, said in a state­ment. “We be­lieve Tessa Neu­mann and have tremen­dous re­spect for her brav­ery in com­ing for­ward. Out­ing an abuser can be ex­tremely dif­fi­cult and trau­matic, and we sup­port her 100 per­cent.”

On Mon­day, Llanas echoed a state­ment he pre­vi­ously gave to the Jour­nal Sen­tinel on his Face­book page. “I am sick­ened by the lies the Neu­mann fam­ily have told about me. God help them,” Llanas wrote.

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