The British Asian Trust, an anti-violence charity established by King Charles III, has decided to sever its ties with renowned vocalist Rahat Fateh Ali Khan following the release of a film allegedly showing the singer engaging in violent behavior towards a band member.
Known for its steadfast commitment against abusive conduct, the Trust swiftly condemned any form of violence after reviewing the disturbing video.
A spokesperson from the British Asian Trust shed light on the decision to disassociate from the singer, stating, “The British Asian Trust maintains a strict policy against abusive behavior and has terminated any affiliation with Mr. Khan. We strongly condemn any form of violence, regardless of the circumstances.”
The incident in question took place in Houston, Texas, last year, where Khan was seen aggressively abusing a band member, using kicks, slaps, and even his shoes.
In response to the public outcry, the acclaimed musician clarified the situation, asserting that the actual circumstances differed from what was portrayed in the video. He explained that the “bottle” mentioned in the film contained water given to him by a spiritual leader, which he had misplaced, and that the issue involved an internal conflict with a student named Naveed Husnain.
Husnain, identified as Khan’s pupil, defended the singer, stating that Rahat had apologized to him and that the video captured an internal matter. He emphasized his teacher’s love and accused unidentified individuals of attempting to extort Khan in an effort to discredit him.
Founded in 2007 by Prince Charles with the aim of combating poverty and fostering community ties, the British Asian Trust had appointed Khan as an ambassador in 2017. The renowned musician had actively participated in programs supporting South Asian causes under the Trust’s initiatives.