Before the apology, Moby claimed on social media he had received “anonymous threats of violence from (Portman’s) fans, and it’s affecting my business and my health.”
After completing the US leg of his book tour, Moby made the tour cancellation announcement today on his web page. The UK dates were to start this Saturday at a festival.
“Moby is canceling all upcoming public appearances for the foreseeable future,” a note on his website reads. “We apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. All tickets will be refunded at the point of purchase, and Moby is happy to provide signed bookplates to everyone who bought tickets to these events.”
There was also an accompanying Instagram post, with text reading “last post” and a caption that says, “I’m going to go away for awhile.”:
I’m going to go away for awhile.
But before I do I want to apologize again, and to say clearly that all of this has been my own fault.
I am the one who released the book without showing it to the people I wrote about. I’m the one who posted defensively and arrogantly. I’m the one who behaved inconsiderately and disrespectfully, both in 2019 and in 1999.
There is obviously no one else to blame but me.
Thank you, and I’m sorry.