John Hinckley Jr's concert at Market Hotel in Brooklyn canceled after would-be Reagan assassin released from jail | The Sun

JOHN Hinckley Jr's scheduled Brooklyn concert has been canceled just a day after being freed from court oversight for his failed assassination attempt of President Ronald Reagan in 1981.

Hinckley, 67, was freed from all remaining restrictive conditions on Wednesday, officially concluding his four-decade-long supervision by legal and mental health professionals.


"After 41 years 2 months and 15 days, FREEDOM AT LAST!!!" Hinckley tweeted on Wednesday.

The Market Hotel said its decision to cancel the event stemmed from fears of a backlash in a “dangerously radicalized, reactionary climate.”

"Hosting provocative happenings for its own sake is valid, and should be part of any venue's reason to exist," the Brooklyn hotel said in a statement.

"The tour also sends a message that mental health issues and a criminal past can be recovered from and atoned for, after serving one's debt to society and getting real treatment.

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"There was a time when a place could host a thing like this, maybe a little offensive, and the reaction would be 'it's just a guy playing a show, who does it hurt — it's a free country.'

"We aren't living in that kind of free country anymore, for better or worse."

The statement continued: "We do believe that ex-cons and people with mental illness can recover, and that we should want them to maintain hope that they can better themselves and earn a chance to fully rejoin society.

"But we are living in dangerous times, and after being presented with and reflecting on some very real and worsening threats and hate facing our vulnerable communities.

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"It is not worth a gamble on the safety of our vulnerable communities to give a guy a microphone and a paycheck from his art who hasn't had to earn it, who we don't care about on an artistic level, and who upsets people in a dangerously radicalized, reactionary climate," the message concluded.

'REAL TALENT'

Mr. Hinckley shot then-president Reagen in 1981 outside a hotel in Washington DC.

He also wounded Secret Service agent Timothy McCarthy, police officer Thomas Delahanty and then-White House Press Secretary James Brady, who remains paralyzed for the rest of his life.

During his trial in 1982, Hinckley was found not guilty by reason of insanity.

He was confined to a mental hospital in Washington for the next three decades.


He was released to live at his mother’s house in Williamsburg, Virginia, in 2016, under numerous strict conditions.

Hinckley has desired to pursue his passion for music following his release.

His lawyer, Barry Levine, has expressed that Hinckley has "real talent".

Hinckley has planned to give a concert, which he's called his "Redemption Tour," where he'd play his original music at venues around the country.

The July 8 event was sold out for weeks; however, following the cancelation announcement Hinckley expressed his disappointment but said he understood the venue’s concerns about safety.

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“I watch the news like everybody else – we’re living in very, very scary times, to be honest,” Hinckley told the New York Times.

“I would have only gone on with the show if I was going to feel safe at the show and feel that the audience was going to be safe.”

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