Moby has canceled the remaining dates of his book tour following his drama with Natalie Portman.
On Wednesday, the musician made the announcement on his website, which read:
“Moby is canceling all upcoming public appearances for the foreseeable future. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. All tickets will be refunded at the point of purchase, and Moby is happy to provide signed bookplates to everyone who bought tickets to these events.”
As we reported, in his memoir Then It Fell Apart released earlier this month, the DJ claimed the two shared a brief fling nearly 20 years ago.
In a statement to Harper’s Bazaar UK, the Vox Lux actress refuted his account, and even described the artist as “a much older man being creepy.”
She told the publication:
“I was surprised to hear that he characterised the very short time that I knew him as dating because my recollection is a much older man being creepy with me when I just had graduated high school. He said I was 20; I definitely wasn’t. I was a teenager. I had just turned 18. There was no fact checking from him or his publisher – it almost feels deliberate. That he used this story to sell his book was very disturbing to me. It wasn’t the case. There are many factual errors and inventions. I would have liked him or his publisher to reach out to fact check.”
Portman further said the two “hung out a handful of times” before she realized things “felt inappropriate.”
“I was a fan and went to one of his shows when I had just graduated. When we met after the show, he said, ‘Let’s be friends.’ He was on tour and I was working, shooting a film, so we only hung out a handful of times before I realised that this was an older man who was interested in me in a way that felt inappropriate.’”
Though Moby doubled down on his claims, he later issued an apology on his Instagram, admitting that it was “inconsiderate” of him to “not fully respect her reaction,” and “let her know about her inclusion in the book beforehand.”
“As some time has passed I’ve realized that many of the criticisms leveled at me regarding my inclusion of Natalie in Then It Fell Apart are very valid. I also fully recognize that it was truly inconsiderate of me to not let her know about her inclusion in the book beforehand, and equally inconsiderate for me to not fully respect her reaction. I have a lot of admiration for Natalie, for her intelligence, creativity, and animal rights activism, and I hate that I might have caused her and her family distress. I tried to treat everyone I included in Then It Fell Apart with dignity and respect, but nonetheless it was truly inconsiderate for me to not let them know before the book was released. So for that I apologize, to Natalie, as well as the other people I wrote about in Then It Fell Apart without telling them beforehand. Also I accept that given the dynamic of our almost 14 year age difference I absolutely should’ve acted more responsibly and respectfully when Natalie and I first met almost 20 years ago.”
Earlier this week, Moby revealed he was “going to go away for awhile” as there is “no one else to blame but [him].”
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