Music festival producer arrested on rape charge

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -November 5, 2010

Stephen Rehage, founder and producer of Voodoo Fest and producer of the Essence Music Festival, surrendered to police Friday. His bond was set at $10,000.

The Times-Picayune newspaper reports Rehage is accused in a police report of raping a woman he went on a date with in June.

This year's installment of Voodoo Fest wrapped up Sunday after featuring performances by Ozzy Osbourne, Muse and My Morning Jacket. A former LSU football player, Rehage launched the festival in 1999. His company also took over production of the Essence Music Festival in 2008.

It was unclear whether Rehage has a lawyer. His publicist said she was preparing a statement Friday.

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