Westlife’s Shane Filan and Travis Wall leave Bangor’s One Love Festival

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Travis Wall is a multi-instrumentalist and a dancer Break the Floor has taken Travis Wall off the road, just hours after he was dropped from a second festival…

Westlife's Shane Filan and Travis Wall leave Bangor's One Love Festival

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Travis Wall is a multi-instrumentalist and a dancer

Break the Floor has taken Travis Wall off the road, just hours after he was dropped from a second festival following allegations of sexual assault.

Westlife’s Shane Filan has also parted ways with the dance company after he was accused of inappropriate behaviour.

Wall, 26, was struck off the sector of the Celebrity Big Brother show, while Filan, 36, was dropped from Bangor’s One Love festival.

Both have denied the allegations.

Filan’s departure was met with an online campaign to get him back to the festival.

The Prodigy’s Liam Howlett – in a video shared with fans – announced Filan’s departure.

“We are tooting it up here and the band really misses him,” he said.

“He’s not performing but I know he’s going to be back soon. Thanks for the support.”

Photo: westlife/Facebook

One Love festival organisers said they “care deeply” about “the safety of our young fans”.

Filan released a statement responding to the abuse allegations earlier this month and said he wanted to “move on”.

The SafeGirls organisation, which campaigns to change attitudes towards sexual violence, said Filan had been accused of what amounted to “non-consensual touching”.

It added: “In this instance, his behaviour with the woman concerned was criminal, and we understand from police sources that an investigation has begun.”

The allegations came to light after Cilla Black’s daughter took legal action against the Westlife star.

An online campaign under the banner #BoycottBangorOneLoveFestival was organised after fans learned of Filan’s departure.

The #BoycottBangorOneLoveFestival Facebook page had attracted more than 40,000 supporters by Monday morning.

Over the weekend, the Hillsborough Justice Campaign organised its own #BoycottBangorOneLoveFestival campaign, even while calling for Filan to be reinstated.

Laura Richards, a member of the campaign group, said the backlash was “nothing short of overwhelming”.

“If Filan is to be forgiven for his actions, he must publicly apologise and meet the demands made by the women who have come forward,” she said.

A statement issued by the club said: “It has come to our attention that there is a serious sexual assault allegation surrounding an individual who has a current role with this organisation.

“We will not tolerate any act of harassment or assault.”

Break the Floor are the name of the dance company that has appeared at events including Glastonbury, festivals in Sweden and North America and has been behind performances for Live Aid and the Royal Wedding.

The statement continued: “As a result of this serious matter, a decision has been made to take Travis Wall and Break the Floor Off The Road for the time being.

“We realise the public’s immediate reaction is to cancel the tour but we are not in a position to comment on the particulars of this current situation.”

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