Darren Hayes Cleared Of Racial Abuse Charge

Former Savage Garden singer Darren Hayes’ official web site issued the following release on Friday (September 21):

Today the Crown Prosecution and The Metropolitan Police concluded there was no case to answer in relation to the recent allegation that singer Darren Hayes had racially abused a door person at a London restaurant on July 22nd 2007. Upon an investigation the Police recommended that no formal charges be brought against Mr. Hayes and that there was no racist undertone to the incident.

“I could never think, let alone utter a racist remark. It’s just not who I am,” Mr. Hayes said. “As a gay man, I find the notion of discriminating against a human being because of race, gender or sexuality to be abhorrent. It goes against everything I have stood for.”

Mr. Hayes confirmed that an altercation took place at the restaurant, for which he received a caution, but strongly denied any racial undertones to the brief exchange. He is pleased that any notion of racism has been ruled out by Police recommendation and he was not charged with any crime.

“It was a horrible thing to be accused of and I want to thank all of my friends, family and fans for giving me the benefit of the doubt. The experience has been frustrating and at times made me very sad, but through it all I have to say I support the legal system and our right of protection under the law. I’m glad the truth is out there. I just want to concentrate on my music now.”

Extortion Claim In Darren Hayes Racial Abuse Case

The Sunday Telegraph’s Insider reports that when they called a member of staff at the Thai eatery in London where Darren Hayes was arrested for an alleged racial remarks against a waiter, he told the paper, “I’ll tell you what happened for 100,000 pounds. He (Hayes) was here to dine and then the incident happened. He was very upset.” The ex-Savage Garden singer’s former manager John Woodruff said, “I know the guy really well, and this wouldn’t be the first time that somebody has tried to extract money from him.”

Darren Hayes Takes His Shot At The Dreaded Concept Album

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Darren Hayes spoke with Time Off magazine about his new double album ‘This Delicate Thing We’ve Made’, and the former Savage Garden singer took on the question of whether the project is a concept album. “Yes, it is,” the singer conceded. “Part of the hesitation to describe it as that is because there’s a history of really bad double album concept records. Thank you ‘Mr Roboto’. It is conceptual; musically there are a couple of genres that I’ve consciously paid tribute to, things like the Fairlight era and records by Kate Bush and Prince’s ‘Sign ‘O’ the Times’. I think double records are a platform for where you can go off on tangents. There are things on double records that shouldn’t be on a single record, but that’s the point of them. I wrote in my head what the reviews would be; both good and bad. A bad review starts off with, ‘This would have made a great single record’ … but that’s an obvious thing to say.” Timeoff.com.au has since removed the full article.

Darren Hayes Gadget Themed Q&A

Former Savage Garden singer Darren Hayes spoke with Switched in a Q&A, where he talked about the gadgets he always brings with him to the set for down-time. “I love my iPod obviously, but the thing I always bring are my in-ear monitors from Ultimate Ears,” he said. “I have a pair of [$900] UE 10’s for the stage, but I’m telling you they make even TV sound like cinema. They’re an amazing indulgence off-stage, but worth it.” The transcript at switched.com has since been removed.

Darren Hayes ‘Strenuously Denies’ Racial Abuse Allegation

Former Savage Garden singer Darren Hayes has issued the following statement via his official web site regarding his arrest on alleged racial abuse on a waiter at a London restaurant last month: “Darren is unable to comment to any extent as the incident is presently under investigation by the police, with whom he has cooperated fully. However he is deeply upset at the allegation which he strenuously denies and anyone who knows Darren will recognize that the particular nature of the allegation is totally abhorrent to him and contrary to everything for which he has stood.”

Darren Hayes Arrested For Alleged Racial Abuse In London

The Sydney Morning Herald reports former Savage Garden singer Darren Hayes has been arrested for an alleged racist attack on a waiter at the Thai restaurant Busaba Eathai in London on July 22nd. “We can confirm that a 35-year-old man was arrested by Westminster police on suspicion of racially abusing a member of staff,” a Scotland Yard spokesman said. “He was arrested after voluntarily attending a Central London police station by appointment. He has been released on bail pending further enquiries, until the 21st of September.” Read more.

Darren Hayes: Marriage And Life In The Spotlight

Nine’s ‘Today’ correspondent Richard Wilkins caught up with former Savage Garden star Darren Hayes chat about his new DVD documentary ‘Too Close For Comfort’, which reveals Darren’s life in the spotlight. Plus, Darren talked about his beautiful same sex wedding and married life. Video of the interview, aired Friday (November 10), has since been removed at MSN.com.

Darren Hayes Weds Boyfriend In London

Days after announcing he and Columbia Records/Sony Music had parted ways, former Savage Garden singer Darren Hayes announced he had wed his boyfriend Richard in a Civil Partnership ceremony in London last month.

Hayes writes on his official website at DarrenHayes.com:

I very rarely make comments about my private life.

But today, as I’m about to begin 6 months in the studio to record what
I hope to be the best record of my career, I feel an overwhelming gratitude
for the past 10 years of being a performer. Most recently, I’ve been moving
toward a career that is more closely aligned with ‘art’ than it is ‘commerce’.
And in keeping on this trajectory – I have become increasingly more emotionally
authentic in my music, writing and my relationship to my audience. As so
many of you have given me your heart and soul over the past 10 years I
thought it only fitting that I too return the respect and inform you of
the most significant event in my life.

On June 19th 2006 I married my boyfriend of two years, Richard, in a
Civil Partnership ceremony in London.

I can honestly say it was the happiest day of my life.
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Darren Hayes & Columbia Records / Sony Music Part Ways

Darren Hayes’ official web site reports that after 10 years and 24 million album sales together, the former Savage Garden singer and Columbia Records/Sony BMG have decided to part ways. “The record industry has changed so much since I was first signed, and so have I,” Hayes said. “I’m grateful for the opportunities given to me but am excited about the prospect of a fresh new start.” Hayes plans on releasing a new album in 2007 on a new label.

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