published Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Cee Lo Green apologizes for Riverbend performance

Grammy Award-winning pop/R&B singer Cee Lo Green performs during the second night of the 2013 Riverbend Festival on the Coca-Cola Stage.
Grammy Award-winning pop/R&B singer Cee Lo Green performs during the second night of the 2013 Riverbend Festival on the Coca-Cola Stage.
Photo by C. B. Schmelter.
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Singer Cee Lo Green is asking for forgiveness from Chattanooga for cursing during his recent performance at Riverbend.

In a video on TMZ.com, the singer/rapper said, “Forgive me, Chattanooga” after being asked about the controversy surrounding his performance, in which he dropped the f-bomb several times.

“I meant no harm and, of course, we’re out to have some big fun, it’s like a big barbecue,” he said on the video.

Riverbend officials say they never used the word “ban” when referring to Cee Lo, but they did say they were disappointed that he cursed, drank onstage and mooned the audience. They said they thought that they had worked out a “gentleman’s agreement” that he would keep the show clean.

In the TMZ video, Cee Lo also apologized for the late start to his show, saying he was only about “15 or 20 minutes” late. He went on a little after 10:15 p.m., 45 minutes later than the scheduled start.

Riverbend officials said weather delayed Cee Lo’s plane from landing at the Chattanooga Airport.

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