XXXTentacion’s anti-rape event at has been canceled.
Nearly two weeks ago, the 19-year-old rapper told fans he would host a gathering during Art Basel Miami Beach to raise awareness about sexual assault through victims’ stories. He later booked a venue and began promoting the event on social media; however, recent vandalism has forced XXXTentacion to reschedule.
"It was my fault completely that the event was canceled, so I take full responsibility for it," he said on Instagram. "I put the venue address out, which caused the venue to get spray painted, so I fully, thoroughly apologize. I’m gonna make sure this happens. Please forgive me."
To make up for the cancellation, XXXTentacion announced he would do a free concert for fans this week. He insisted the anti-rape event was still happening; he just needs to secure a new space. The rapper said he would release details later this week.
"I’m going to do everything in my power to make sure this goes through properly," he said. "[…] I’m always going to try to be a man of my word […] I’m going to have the date and the venue for you sometime this week. I want to make sure I do this correctly, so that way everyone is comfortable telling their stories, and that they’re not around a bunch of people that don’t care for them."
It is worth noting that XXX has been accused of domestic violence following allegations from his then-girlfriend. He has been charged with aggravated battery of a pregnant woman, domestic battery by strangulation, false imprisonment, and witness tampering. Pitchfork published disturbing excerpts from the alleged victim’s testimony. He has denied the charges.
You can hear XXXTentacion’s statements below.