Canadian singer Leslie Feist resigned to continue acting as an opening act on the tour of his compatriots Arcade Fire after several women accused the singer of the band, Win Butlerof sexual abuse.
In a message posted on his Instagram account, Feist pointed out that he was in Dublin when the complaints against Butler were made public and that after a few days of reflection he has decided to stop participating in the tour, in which he acted as an opening act, and distance himself from Arcade Fire.
“Stay on tour it would symbolize that he was either defending or ignoring the damage caused by Win Butler and leaving her would imply that I am judge and jury,” explained Feist, who admitted that he cannot solve anything with his decision.
Feist says his decision to leave the tour is flawed, but it’s the best thing he can do to take care of his band and staff. AP Photo
What did the gang say and what is he accused of
Following Feist’s message, Arcade Fire released a statement in which the band regretted Feist’s departure but added that they understood. and they “totally” respected his decision.
Since during the weekend the publication Pitchfork publish an article in which three women accused Butler of sexual abuseseveral radio stations in Canada have stopped playing Arcade Fire’s music.
Win Butler, in 2017, in Buenos Aires, in front of Arcade Fire. Photo Martin Bonetto.
Butler has acknowledged that he had extramarital affairs with the women, but told Pitchfork that were agreed upon.
The sexual abuse would have occurred between 2016 and 2020. A fourth person, who says he is gender fluid, also accused Butler of sexual assault in 2015.
Feist recognized that his decision is “imperfect”but that she is sure that the best way to take care of her musical band, the staff that depends on her and her family is to “distance” herself from the Arcade Fire tour but not “from the conversation”.
In the band, with his wife
Arcade Fire is a rock band from Montreal (Canada) made up of Butler, his wife, Régine Chassagne, Richard Reed Parry, Tim Kingsbury and Jeremy Gara.
Win Butler, the singer of Arcade Fire denounced. Photo Martin Bonetto
Formed in 2001, Arcade Fire has become one of the most recognized Canadian groups in the world.
They have won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 2011 and 2013. were nominated for an Oscar for best soundtrack for his work on the film Herstarring joaquin phoenix.
In the Win Butler accusations, the victims were fans who admired the band and alleged that thes sexual relationships were inappropriate due to age and power dynamics at playcollects Pitchfork magazine.
The women were between 18 and 23 years old when they began their relationships with Butler, which took place in different periods between 2016 and 2020, when the artist was between 36 and 39.
The fourth person to accuse Butler identifies as “gender fluid” and alleges that He was abused twice in 2015 when he was 21 and the singer was 34. Today the singer is 42 years old.
Claiming that they were consensual relationships, Butler said: “I have never touched a woman against her will and any suggestion that I have done so is simply untrue,” he said.
In turn, his wife Régine Chassagne defended her husband and said “to be sure” that he never abused any woman.
Meanwhile, the four people who accuse Butler of abuse assure that the singer contacted them through social networks before meeting them in person and that, later, he demanded sex and photos of their naked bodies.
One of the women claims that the singer sent her photos of her genitals against her will.
And the person who identifies as being “gender fluid” told Pitchfork that the singer broke into her apartment one day and touched her without her consentholding her against the wall and groping her body, something that at that time the victim felt was “not right”.
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