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Feist in concert at the Olympia, in Paris, in 2019 (illustration)
MUSIC – World famous for its hit 1 2 3 4Canadian singer Leslie Feist, aka Feist, has decided to drop out of the Arcade Fire tour after learning about accusations ofsexual assault targeting its leader, Win Butler.
Feist had been hired by the band canadian to open for the European leg of their tour, which kicked off on Tuesday (August 30) in Dublin, Ireland. In a long post published on his social networks (read in full below), the 46-year-old singer explained why, upon reflection, she felt uncomfortable about continuing this tour.
“In a pub in Dublin, after rehearsing with my band, I read the same press headline as you”, explains Feist, who opened for the first two dates in Ireland. “ It was incredibly difficult for me and I can only imagine how much more difficult it was for people who came out of silence. More than anything, I wish healing to those involved. »
“To stay on this tour would symbolize that I am defending or ignoring the harm caused by Win Butler, and leaving would imply that I am the judge and the jury”she continues in her message.
“I was never hired to represent Arcade Fire, but to stand on stage, a place where I grew up and where I feel I have earned my place. I play for my band […] and the people who pay with their hard-earned money to share space in the collective synergy that is a show”continues Feist, she who decided to donate the profits from the sale of her derivative products during the first concert on Tuesday to Women’s Aid Dublin, an organization fighting against violence against women and to children.
However, Fesit chooses to‘get away from this tour “. And to add: “We all have, in our history, a spectrum ranging from basic toxic masculinity to pervasive misogyny to being physically, psychologically, emotionally or sexually assaulted. […]. I can’t solve this by quitting, and I can’t solve it by staying. But I can’t go on. »
Win Butler denies the charges
On Tuesday, Win Butler, lead singer of Arcade Fire, denied allegations of sexual assault and behavior “inappropriate” which would have taken place between 2015 and 2020, according to four anonymous testimonies relayed by the music site pitchfork.
He confirmed having had sex with the four people making the allegations, but claims they were consenting. “I have never touched a woman against her will”defended Win Butler, in a press release sent on Saturday to pitchfork.²
“While these relationships were all consensual, I am truly sorry to anyone I hurt through my behavior.”adds the artist who mentions having gone through depression and alcohol problems.
One of the alleged victims, a non-binary person, who was 21 years old in 2015, claims to have been sexually assaulted by the singer, who was 34 years old, reports the American media of reference for the independent music scene.
Win Butler allegedly slipped his hand down his pants during a car ride. “I opened my door and he slammed me against the wall and aggressively grabbed my body and stuck his tongue in my mouth”says “Lily”, who uses a pseudonym, like the other testimonies.
“Lily” then explains that the singer allegedly put his hand down his pants again without his consent inside the alleged victim’s apartment.
Three women, aged 18 to 23 between 2016 and 2020, describe having also had interactions “inappropriate” due to “difference in age, power dynamics and context”. At the time, the star they were fans of was between 36 and 39 years old.
One of them, “Stella”, who was 18 in 2016, says she was contacted by the singer, who allegedly sent her messages and photos of a sexual nature, not requested by the alleged victim, explains the media.
Co-founder of the group and wife of Win Butler, the Montrealer Régine Chassagne, assures that“He would never touch a woman without her consent, and I’m sure he never did”in a separate statement to pitchfork.
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