Arcade Fire lead singer Win Butler has been accused of sexual misconduct by a number of folks, according to an extensive report by Pitchfork.
The outlet experiences that three girls who mentioned they’d sexual interactions with Butler between 2016 and 2020 got here to really feel the interactions “were inappropriate given the gaps in age, power dynamics, and context in which they occurred.”
The girls have been followers of the band and between the ages 18 and 23, Pitchfork experiences, whereas Butler was in his late 30s when the conditions occurred.
A fourth particular person, who makes use of they/them pronouns and identifies as gender-fluid, alleged that they have been sexually assaulted by Butler twice in 2015, Pitchfork experiences.
The particular person claimed the primary sexual assault occurred whereas they have been in a automobile and the second sexual assault occurred when he got here to their condo regardless of a number of texts telling him to not come over.
The musician, who’s married to and has a son with Arcade Fire co-founder Régine Chassagne, wrote in a press release offered to Pitchfork that he had “consensual relationships outside” his marriage.
Butler disputed ever touching “a woman against her will” and denied forcing himself onto a girl or demanding “sexual favors.”
Pitchfork experiences that the musician responded to the publication’s request for remark by means of disaster public relations knowledgeable Risa Heller, once a spokeswoman for Harvey Weinstein and Mario Batali.
“I’m sorry,” Butler wrote.
“I’m sorry for the pain I caused — I’m sorry I wasn’t more aware and tuned in to the effect I have on people — I fucked up, and while not an excuse, I will continue to look forward and heal what can be healed, and learn from past experiences. I can do better and I will do better,” Butler continued
Read Pitchfork’s full report.
Need assist? Visit RAINN’s National Sexual Assault Online Hotline or the National Sexual Violence Resource Center’s website.