Derrick May retires from the body and celebrates 20 years of Detroit Techno after allegations of sexual assault
The Detroit Historical Museum is hosting an exhibit marking the city’s 20th anniversary of electronic music festivals, but Derrick May won’t be in attendance.
A panel discussion with legends Carl Craig and Kevin Saunderson, Paxahau filmmaker Tim Aten and Sam Fotias originally included May. However, he resigned to “stay away from the celebration of the music, people and history of the Detroit electronic music festivals distract “.
Last September, May was charged with sexual assault in a long post on Facebook. Both DJ Mag and Resident Advisor have written investigative articles that uncovered 13 additional reports of sexual assault as of May. He denies the allegations.
“Derrick resigned when it was found his presence would detract from the spirit of the celebration,” said Tracy Irwin, the museum’s chief exhibitions and enrichment officer. “This project and our exhibition, 2000/2020: To mark the 20th anniversary of the Detroit Electronic Music Festival, it was about the history of the festivals and the vibrant community that grew around them. We all agree that this story is bigger than a person. By stepping aside, Derrick ensures that the graduation ceremony reflects that story and remains as lively and cheerful as the festivals themselves. “
The closing ceremony of the event is scheduled for May 30th.
In order not to distract from the celebration of the music, people and history of the Detroit electronic music festivals taking place on May 30th at the Detroit Historical Museum, Derrick May has decided not to attend the scheduled panel discussion. The panel will introduce other industry giants.
– Detroit Hist Society (@DHSDetroit) May 6, 2021