Arcade Fire’s Win Butler responds to misconduct allegations

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Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler has been accused of sexual misconduct by multiple people a long Pitchfork report on the allegations saying the prosecutors “had sexual interactions with Butler that they felt were inappropriate given the differences in age, power dynamics and context in which they occurred.” Three women told Pitchfork that they had “interactions with Butler” when they were between 18 and 23 years old and when he was “between 36 and 39″, and a fourth person – who is gender fluid and uses she/them pronouns – says Butler” sexually assaulted them twice” in 2015, when he was 34.

Pitchfork notes that it “viewed screenshots of text and Instagram posts” regarding the allegations and that it “interviewed friends and relatives who said they remember being told about the alleged incidents.” The story features stories from all four accusers, who apparently didn’t know each other before, but their stories all involve Arcade Fire fans who somehow met and befriended Butler before their relationship with him turned sexual. – what, in a statement he gave to Pitchfork– he does not deny.

After that, the stories diverge, with most of the accusers saying that Butler made unwanted advances and Butler saying that everything between him and these accusers was in full agreement. In fact, he notes in his statement that he ended a relationship with one of the women after she told him sleeping with him was “mentally difficult for her,” and he then “swore never to sleep with anyone I was in bed with again.” being knew so little about it.” (He also says he “felt a little weird” after realizing she had an Arcade Fire tattoo).

Butler acknowledges in his extended statement to: Pitchfork that he had “consensual relationships” with people outside of his marriage to Régine Chassagne (who is also in Arcade Fire with him), but he emphasizes in his statement that “each of these interactions was mutual and always between consenting adults.” He adds that it’s “deeply revisionist, and frankly just wrong, for someone else to suggest.” He also apologized in his statement, saying, “I’m very sorry to everyone I’ve hurt with my behavior” and “I never want to be part of causing anyone else’s pain.” He also notes that he during the period covered in these allegations, he had “started drinking” to cope with “the worst depression of my life”, and that he had “long struggled with mental health issues and the ghosts of child abuse. ”

Pitchfork says at least one of the accusers (their stories are all presented pseudonymously) found Butler’s statement “frustrating” because he both apologized and “disputed their memories point by point. That accuser, who is being prosecuted by Lily in the report, said also that, if Butler could “sit back for a moment and realize what he’s done enough to understand that he needs to change his behavior,” that “might be enough to protect other people moving forward.”

Butler’s full statement to… Pitchfork is below, as is Chassagne’s full statement, in which she says she has “watched him suffer through immense pain” and assisted him because “he is a good man who cares about this world, our band, his fans, friends and our family.” She also says that he “would never, ever touch a woman without her permission,” and that “he has lost his way and found his way back.”

Statement by Win Butler:

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’ve never touched a woman against her will, and any implication I have is just 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 long struggled with mental health issues and the ghosts of child abuse. 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 no longer recognized myself or the person I had become. Régine waited patiently as she watched me suffer and tried to help me as best she could. I know it must have been so hard for her to see the person she loved so lost.

I have worked hard on myself – not out of fear or shame, but because I am a human being who wants to improve despite my flaws and damage. I’ve been trying to save that part of my soul for the last few years since Covid struck. I’ve put a lot of time and energy into therapy and healing, including attending AA. I am now more aware of how my public personality can disrupt relationships, even when a situation feels friendly and positive to me. I am very grateful to Régine, my family, my dear friends and my therapist, who helped me out of the abyss that I was sure would sometimes consume me. The bond I share with my bandmates and the incredibly deep connection I have made with an audience by sharing music has literally saved my life.

As I look to the future, I continue to learn from my mistakes and work hard to become a better person, someone my son can be proud of. I say to all of you, all my friends, family, everyone I have hurt, and to the 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 while it’s no excuse, I’ll move forward keep looking and heal what can be healed and learn from past experiences. I can do better and I will do better.

Statement by Régine Chassagne:

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.

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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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