Aussie musician Dan Sultan has cancelled his upcoming tour dates following the revelation that he has been charged with indecent assault in relation to an alleged incident from 2008.
News of the charge first came to light over the weekend, with the 36-year-old currently set to appear before the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on March 16
“Fawkner Sexual Offence and Child Abuse Investigation team detectives have charged a 36-year-old man following a sexual assault that occurred in Coburg in September 2008,” a police spokesperson explained.
“A man from Connells Point, NSW has been charged with one count of indecent assault.”
Currently, no details about the alleged incident have been released, nor has Sultan addressed the news of the recent charge. However, in the wake of the news, Sultan has reportedly withdrawn from all of his scheduled live dates.
As The Music Network reports, Perth Festival organisers released a statement explaining that Sultan’s upcoming appearance as part of their “Highway to Hell” AC/DC tribute this weekend would not be going ahead as he has “cancelled all current performance commitments”.
“His management said he would allow the legal process to take its course before making any further comment,” organisers added.
Having served as critically-beloved member of the Australian music scene, Sultan most recently received an ARIA Award for Nail & Friends children’s record. This win came a year on from a controversial on-stage incident which saw the artist seek treatment for his relationship with alcohol.
“I was out of it, drunk on stage,” he explained in 2018. “It kind of snuck up on me a bit, a lot. It was pretty full on, a very big wake-up call and very embarrassing. I was halfway through a 44-date tour, I was heading overseas, a lot of stuff was going on and I just had to stop.”
“For me the drinking was just drinking, it’s everywhere and when you have a good day you celebrate, when you have a bad day you commiserate, but for someone who’s got a problem with alcohol, that’s really dangerous.”