The Arcade Hearth singer Win Butler has been accused of sexual misconduct by 4 individuals.
An investigation by Pitchfork discovered 4 people, aged between 18 and 23 on the time, who allege the Grammy-winning frontman behaved inappropriately.
The three girls, and one gender-fluid particular person, accuse the singer of profiting from his fame and their fandom, together with sending undesirable sexual messages, throughout incidents that occurred between 2015 and 2020, when Butler was between 34 and 39.
Butler denies the claims, and says the relationships had been consensual, including: “It’s deeply revisionist, and admittedly simply mistaken, for anybody to recommend in any other case.”
In an announcement, Butler – who’s married to bandmate Régine Chassagne – mentioned he was “very sorry to anybody who I’ve harm with my behaviour”.
One in every of Butler’s accusers, a gender-fluid particular person who makes use of they/them pronouns and is given the pseudonym Lily, mentioned they believed Butler had sexually assaulted them. The three girls mentioned their relationships with the singer had been inappropriate resulting from an age hole and unbalanced energy dynamics.
Lily mentioned they met Butler at one other band’s live performance in Montreal firstly of 2015 and alleged that he grabbed their crotch in a automotive, and at a later assembly pinned them in opposition to a wall earlier than “sticking his tongue down my throat”.
Butler mentioned he had touched the particular person’s thigh within the automotive and that the second interplay was “undoubtedly mutual”.
A lady given the pseudonym Stella mentioned she first started exchanging messages with Butler in 2016, when she was 18, and that she met him for a drink. She mentioned the singer later started “repeatedly sending her express texts with out her consent or reciprocation” and she or he advised him they weren’t needed.
The singer acknowledged the sexting however mentioned he didn’t realise the messages weren’t needed. He mentioned he didn’t recognise the importance of the age hole on the time however may now see “the way it might be overwhelming”.
One other lady, beneath the pseudonym Fiona, mentioned she obtained sexts and video calls from Butler, after they messaged on Instagram following a Arcade Hearth live performance in Montreal in 2017, when she was 20.
In-person sexual encounters adopted, she mentioned. Butler mentioned the connection was consensual. Fiona mentioned the encounters affected her psychological well being, and after one encounter she tried to take her personal life due to “the toll of getting to maintain all the things secret, continually pushing my wants apart to be able to appease him, lack of boundaries, and the guilt of being the opposite lady”.
Butler mentioned Fiona had reached out after a year-long hiatus and needed to sext once more, which she denied. He mentioned she later messaged that the expertise had been mentally troublesome for her, however in a dialog mentioned her melancholy was not associated to him. In response, Fiona mentioned of her melancholy: “It was completely associated to him.”
One other lady, given the pseudonym Sarah, mentioned she was 23 in 2018 when she linked with Butler after sending him an Instagram message about her love for his music.
She mentioned he started requesting more and more express sexual movies, which made her “nervous and so ashamed” and that she felt he had used her as an “simple technique to get intercourse over the telephone”, including: “I did all the things as a result of it was him.”
Butler mentioned he sexted and talked to Sarah however turned “more and more uncomfortable” as a result of she got here to “all his DJ occasions” and turned up at his restaurant “a number of instances”. He mentioned he had advised safety about her.
Sarah mentioned she had attended two of his DJ nights with associates, and went to his restaurant as a result of her boyfriend labored there and had not been spoken to by safety.
In an announcement to Pitchfork, a consultant for Butler acknowledged having sexual interactions with every of the 4 individuals, however mentioned they weren’t initiated by him and had been consensual.
In an extra assertion, he addressed the main points of the allegations and mentioned he had gone via a interval of ingesting and melancholy.
He apologised “to anybody who I’ve harm with my behaviour”, including: “I’m persevering with to be taught from my errors and dealing arduous to turn into a greater particular person, somebody my son might be pleased with […] I’m sorry I wasn’t extra conscious and tuned in to the impact I’ve on individuals – I fucked up, and whereas not an excuse, I’ll proceed to look ahead and heal what might be healed, and be taught from previous experiences.”
In an announcement, Chassagne mentioned she was “sure” he had by no means touched a lady with out consent. She added: “He has misplaced his approach and he has discovered his approach again. I like him and love the life we’ve created collectively.”