After a controversy involving one of The Smiling Buddha’s co-owners began last week in the wake of sexual assault charges, the music venue has announced they are under new management.
NOW Magazine reported that one of the College Street venue’s co owners Lucan Wai was arrested and charged with sexual assault. The news left promoters scrambling to find new venues for their upcoming shows as they public ally severed ties with the venue.
In a statement via Facebook, general manager Cheyenne Robinson says Wai has “stepped away” and will be “focusing his attention on defending the allegation against him.”
“Effective immediately, he will cease his duties and will not be attending any shows at Smiling Buddha.”
Read the full statement below:
Lucan Wai initially responded to the charges calling the situation an “attempt [to] extort monies from me.”
“As many of you may have noticed, some articles have been circulating about me and I would like to address the allegations.
An attempt was made to extort monies from me and the Smiling Buddha. No monies were paid and a cease and desist letter was sent to the individual. Thereafter, the individual contacted police and I was charged. I am looking forward to clearing my name.“