Arcade Fire’s Win Butler Accused of Sexual Misconduct, Singer Denies Claims
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Butler wonArcade Fire’s lead singer has been accused of sexual misconduct by several women.
According to a detailed report published by Pitchfork on Saturday, August 27, the 42-year-old musician allegedly engaged in “inappropriate” relationships with three separate women, citing their differences in age and power dynamics. A fourth alleged victim, identified as Ling-Draw, claimed Butler sexually assaulted her twice in 2015.
Spokesperson for the “Ready to Start” singer, crisis PR specialist Risa Hellertold the outlet that Butler admitted that each sexual interaction was mutual but not initiated by the music artist.
“I have had consensual relationships outside of my marriage,” Butler told Pitchfork in a statement on Saturday. “There’s no easy way to say this and the hardest thing I’ve ever done is share this with my son. Most of these relationships were short lived and my wife [Régine Chassagne] FYI – Our marriage was more unconventional than some in the past. … Each of these interactions is mutual and always between consenting adults. It is deeply revisionist and patently wrong, for anyone to suggest otherwise.
The alleged victims who came forward told Pitchfork that they were each ardent Arcade Fire fans and claimed they had exchanged inappropriate messages with Butler before meeting in person.
The California resident, for his part, denied the allegations, stating in his statement that he “never touched the woman against her will”. “I strongly deny any suggestion that I coerced the woman or demanded sexual favors,” he said. “It has never been straightforward and unambiguous. Although these relationships are all consensual, I am deeply sorry for anyone who may have been offended by my behavior. Life is full of great pain and mistakes, and I never want to be a part of someone else’s pain.
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Butler married the 46-year-old Canadian singer in 2003 – with whom he shares 9-year-old son Edwin.
“I love Regine with all my heart. We have been together for twenty years, she is my music and life partner, my soulmate and I am lucky and grateful to have her by my side,” he added in his statement. “But sometimes, it’s hard to balance being the father, husband and bandmate that I want to be. Today I want to clear the air about my life, wrong decisions and mistakes I have made.”
He added: “Although the relationship was consensual, I am deeply sorry for anyone who may have been hurt by my behavior. As I look to the future, I am learning from my mistakes and working hard to become a better person, one that my son will be proud of. … I’m sorry I wasn’t more aware and tuned in to how I affected people — I got upset, and while there’s no excuse, I’ll look forward and heal what can be healed and learn from past experiences.”
Chassagne, through Heller, also spoke on behalf of her partner.
“Vin is my soulmate, my songwriting partner, my husband, the father of my beautiful son,” says the pianist — who co-founded Arcade Fire with Butler. Richard Reid Parry, Tim Kingsbury And Jeremy Gara – said in a statement to Pitchfork published on Saturday. “He has been my partner in life and music for 20 years. And for all the love in my life, I’ve seen him suffer immense pain. I stand by him because I know he’s a good guy who cares about the world, our band, his fans, friends and our family.”
She added: “I know what’s on his mind, and I know he has never touched a woman without her consent and never will and I’m sure he never has. He has lost his way and found his way back. I love him and I love the life we have built together. ”
If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673). A trained staff member will provide confidential, non-judgmental support as well as local resources to help with treatment, recovery and more.
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