Canadian singer-songwriter Leslie Feist, better known as Feist, has announced that she will continue touring with Arcade Fire. Allegations of sexual misconduct Against the band’s frontman, Win Butler.
A pitchfork Investigation Published last week the 42-year-old singer-guitarist of the Canadian indie rock band was accused of taking advantage of the age difference and passion with four men; Three women, aged 18 to 23 at the time, allegedly sent unwanted sexual messages to Butler between 2015 and 2020.
A fourth, gender fluid man, accused Butler of sexually assaulting her twice in 2015, when she was 21 and he was 34. I remembered being told about the alleged incidents.
Butler denied the claims and said the relationships were consensual: “Anyone to suggest otherwise is deeply revisionist and patently wrong.”
“In a pub in Dublin, after rehearsing with my band, I read the same title as you did,” Feist wrote. Long report posted on his social media accounts. “We don’t have time to prepare for what’s coming, let alone a chance to decide not to fly across the ocean in the belly of this situation.”
“It was incredibly difficult for me, and I can only imagine how difficult it must have been for those who came forward. Above all, I wish for the recovery of those involved.”
The Pitchfork article “sparked a conversation bigger than me, it’s bigger than my songs and it’s certainly bigger than any rock and roll tour … Being on tour would mean I’m defending or ignoring the harm caused by Win Butler. And leaving would mean I’m judge and arbiter.”
“He never stopped here,” the 46-year-old singer said Arcade fire – I came here to stand on my own feet on a platform, where I grew up, where I earned my own.
“There is no single path to recovery when you endure any version of the above, nor is there a single path to rehabilitation for offenders,” he said. “It can be a lonely road to feeling mistreated. I can’t solve it by leaving, I can’t solve it by staying. But I can’t move on.”
Following the allegations, radio stations were launched in Canada and the United States Drags the band’s songs From playlists. Commentators on social media urged fans to boycott upcoming concerts in Britain, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and elsewhere, with many surprised the tour was going ahead. The Guardian reporter asked for comment The band’s concert in Dublin this weekArcade Fire’s publicist said only that the band would continue their tour to promote it Their new album, Vee.
In his statement, Fist She distanced herself from public shaming, which “might lead to action, but those actions are done out of fear, and fear is not where we find our best or make our best decisions. Fear doesn’t open up empathy or healing or a safe space for creating these kinds of conversations, or real accountability for people who are affected and should be regretted.
In a statement to Pitchfork, Butler, who is married to bandmate Regine Chassagne, admitted to having sex with each of the four men, but said they were not initiated by him and were consensual.
And in a statement, he apologized to “anyone I may have offended by my behavior”, adding: “I will continue to learn from my mistakes and work hard to become a better person, someone my son can be proud of. […] I’m sorry, I wasn’t more aware and tuned in to the effect I was having on people – I was disappointed, but not an excuse, but I will continue to hope, heal the curable, and learn from past experiences. “
Noting that he is “imperfect” and will “lead this decision imperfectly,” Feist added, “The best way to take care of my band and crew and my family is to distance myself from this tour, not this conversation. The last two nights on stage, my songs made this decision for me. Hearing them through the lens doesn’t match what I’ve worked to clarify for myself my entire life.
“I’ve always written songs to name my own subtle difficulties, to want to be my best self, and to take responsibility when needed. I’m going to take my responsibility now and go home.
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