Icehouse drops its music booker over harassment claims

The hip Eat Street restaurant came clean about the situation on Facebook last week.
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Icehouse MPLS, a mainstay of Minneapolis' Eat Street, has announced that it's no longer working with the person who was in charge of booking its live music.

The reason? That person allegedly "discriminated against, threatened, sexually harassed and/or pressured" people, per a Wednesday Facebook post from the popular restaurant and venue:

Interestingly, Icehouse says the issues were brought to its attention "last spring," and though they "immediately changed" their booking person, the accused harasser has apparently himself performed at the restaurant in the months since.

"Going forward, we will not be booking that person for any future shows," Icehouse says, admitting that "we made a mistake doing so recently."

In addition, the eatery announced that it has adopted the We Have a Voice Collective's Code of Conduct, which lays out steps to foster "safe(r) workplaces in the performing arts."

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The person in question is not named, something Icehouse was criticized for by some of its Facebook followers, with one user commenting that "anonymity helps harassers move around town undetected."

Others blasted the restaurant for waiting this long to talk about what happened, as well as continuing to book the person for live shows. 

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