Arcade Fire’s Win Butler Accused of Sexual Misconduct by Four Women


Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler has been accused of sexual misconduct by four people, according to a detailed report in Pitchfork. Three women claim the encounters were “inappropriate given the differences in age, power dynamics and context in which they took place,” while a fourth person, who is gender fluid, claims Butler sexually assaulted them twice in 2015.

Butler – who formed the band in 2001 with Regine Chassagne, now his wife – has admitted the encounters but disputed the accounts, saying through a spokesperson that they were by mutual consent. Statements from Butler and Chassagne appear below; contacted by Variety on Saturday, a rep for the band said there was no further comment.

The three women, all of whom were avid Arcade Fire fans, say they “came to feel” [their sexual interactions with Butler] were inappropriate given the gaps in age, power dynamics and context in which they occurred.” They say the interactions started when they were between the ages of 18 and 23, and took place during overlapping periods from 2016 to 2020, when he was between 36 and 39.

The fourth person alleges Butler sexually assaulted them twice in 2015, when they were 21 and he was 34: once while they were driving a car together, and again after he allegedly showed up at their apartment despite text messages telling him. was asked not to do this. Pitchfork says it viewed screenshots of text and Instagram messages between them and Butler and interviewed friends and family members who said they remembered being told about the alleged incidents. The four people all use pseudonyms in the account.

Butler, who responded through Risa Heller, a crisis communications representative, admitted to having sexual interactions with each of the four people, but insisted they were consensual and not initiated by him. Through Heller, Butler even offered to put Pitchfork in touch with several women who had sexual experiences with him in the past. Detailed accounts of the interactions and Butler’s full statement can be found on Pitchfork.

His statement reads in part: “I love Régine with all my heart. We have been together for twenty years, she is my partner in music and in life, my soul mate and I am happy and grateful to have her by my side. But sometimes it was hard being the father, husband and bandmate I want to be. Today I want to clear the air about my life, my poor judgment and mistakes I’ve made.

“I have had consensual relationships outside of my marriage.

“There’s no easy way to say this, and the hardest thing I’ve ever done is to share this with my son. Most of these relationships were short-lived, and my wife knows that our marriage has been more unconventional than some in the past. I’ve interacted with people in person, at shows and through social media, and I’ve shared posts that I’m not proud of. Most importantly, all of these interactions were mutual and always between consenting adults. It’s deeply revisionist, and frankly just plain wrong, for someone else to suggest.

“I have never touched a woman against her will, and any implication I have is simply false. I vehemently deny any suggestion that I forced myself on a woman or demanded sexual favors. That simply and unequivocally never happened. While these relationships were all consensual, I am deeply sorry for everyone I hurt with my behavior. Life is filled with tremendous pain and mistakes, and I never want to be a part of causing someone else’s pain.

“I have struggled with mental health issues and the ghosts of child abuse for a long time. In my thirties, I started drinking when I suffered the worst depression of my life after our family had a miscarriage. None of this is meant to excuse my behavior, but I do want to give some context and share what happened in my life around this time…

“I say to all of you, all my friends, family, everyone I’ve hurt, and people who love my music and are shocked and disappointed by this message: I’m sorry. I’m sorry for the pain I’ve caused – I’m sorry I wasn’t more aware and tuned in to the effect I have on people – I screwed up, and though it’s no excuse, I’ll keep moving forward see and heal what can be healed and learn from past experiences. I can do better and I will do better.”

The representative also provided a written statement from Chassagne in support of Butler’s perspective, which reads in full:

“Win is my soul mate, my songwriting partner, my husband, the father of my beautiful boy. He has been my partner in life and music for 20 years. And despite all the love in our lives, I have also seen him suffer through immense pain. I supported him because I know he is a good man who cares about this world, our band, his fans, friends and our family. I’ve known Win before we were ‘famous’, when we were just college students. I know what’s in his heart, and I know he’s never touched a woman and would never touch a woman without her permission, and I’m sure he never has. He has lost his way and he has found his way back. I love him and love the life we ​​have created together.”

The Valley Voice
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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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