Coachella Owner Philip Anschutz Denies Anti-LGBTQ Accusations: ‘It Is All Garbage’!

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Millennial hippies everywhere might be able to breathe a sigh of relief!

Philip Anschutz, the corporate owner of the Coachella music festival, has officially denied the rumors circulating that he has supported homophobic political groups. Huh.

If you don’t already know, Anschutz is the entrepreneur who founded the Anschutz Entertainment Group in 1994 after investing in oil and land. In addition to owning the famed festival, Philip also owns the L.A. Kings, the L.A. Galaxy, and the Staples Center.

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In a statement released on Thursday, the businessman noted:

“Recent claims published in the media that I am anti-LGBTQ are nothing more than fake news — it is all garbage. I unequivocally support the rights of all people without regard to sexual orientation. We are fortunate to employ a wealth of diverse individuals throughout our family of companies, all of whom are important to us — the only criteria on which they are judged is the quality of their job performance; we do not tolerate discrimination in any form.”

Hmmm, very inneresting. While Philip’s words on the scandal seem sincere, the Anschutz Foundation‘s 2013 IRS 990 filing shows that the non-profit donated $10,000 to the Family Research Council. In case you were unaware, the FRC defends the notion marriage should be between one man and one woman. Ugh.

Nonetheless, the 77-year-old did clarify that he has rescinded any funding to any anti-LGBTQ groups he may have unintentionally supported in the past. He continued:

“Both The Anschutz Foundation and I contribute to numerous organizations that pursue a wide range of causes. Neither I nor the Foundation fund any organization with the purpose or expectation that it would finance anti-LGBTQ initiatives, and when it has come to my attention or the attention of The Anschutz Foundation that certain organizations either the Foundation or I have funded have been supporting such causes, we have immediately ceased all contributions to such groups.”

Good to know. Although, we feel like we should also point out, Anschutz has yet to deny the reports that he supports climate-change denial groups.

What do YOU think? Is Philip telling the truth?

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Jan 6, 2017 9:14am PDT

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