?An official announcement from David Prowse’s website:

It is with regret that I have been informed by my friends at C2
Ventures, Ben and Phillip, that I am not to be invited to C5 this year
or any other Lucas Film associated events. After enquiring, the only
thing I have been told is that I have “burnt too many bridges between
Lucas Film and myself” – no other reason given.

I have also been
advised by the promoter of Paris Manga in September that LFL have
requested no photo opportunities with the 501 Squadron, even though I am
commander in chief of the 501.

Sincere apologies to
all my fans who were hoping to meet with me – I shall miss you too. As
you will see from my events page I will be at many conventions all over
the world so we can still keep in touch.

Uh, what? Darth Vader is persona non grata at all official Star Wars cons? That’s fucked. I assume there has to be some pretty amazing reason for this — I sincerely doubt the con people would bar him on a whim — but David Prowse is 75 years old. How much trouble can he really be? Can he even kill a hooker at his age? This is very, very weird. Thanks to Doug F. for the tip.