Venue host blames third-party agent for singer Maggie Lindemann's arrest

  • Nation
  • Friday, 05 Jul 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: The restaurant where US singer-songwriter Maggie Lindemann was arrested says a third-party agent told them all permits and visas for her performance had been obtained and in good order.

The restaurant concerned, The Bee, said this was the fault of a third-party agent who was supposed to obtain the permits, not the organisers of the show.

"We understand that the incident occurred due to mismanagement of permit applications by the agent, who misinformed organisers that the show had been approved by the relevant authorities and could go on.

"We understand that the organisers of the show worked round the clock and did everything in their power to get her and her crew released and placed in a safe and comfortable environment pending their hearing date, after which she was returned home to the United States," it said in a statement on Friday (July 5).

The Bee also said that the singer was detained overnight, and was released in "less than 24 hours" after her arrest.

"For clarity, The Bee, as a venue, was not responsible for the arrest and does not condone any foreign acts to perform when there are such irregularities.

"We are deeply sorry that this unfortunate incident happened to Maggie and we hope to welcome her to The Bee again," it said, adding that it would take steps to ensure that similar incidents would not recur.

Earlier, it was reported that Lindemann was arrested on June 21 by Immigration Department officers for performing without proper passes.

On Thursday (July 4), singer-songwriter Lindemann tweeted a statement regarding the arrest.

She apologised to Malaysian fans who were at her show, saying that "for reasons I can't go into right now", she had been detained and arrested midway through her set and "spent the next five days confined in a living hell".

The Texas-born singer was slated to perform in Vietnam and Singapore after her Malaysian gig, but had to cancel those dates.

Singapore's The Straits Times reported on June 24 that Lindemann cancelled what would have been her debut show in the republic, citing "unforeseen circumstances". No further reasons were given for the cancellation at the time.

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