Arcade Fire singer/guitarist Win Butler has been accused of sexual misconduct by 4 individuals for incidents that allegedly passed off between 2015-2020. In a report revealed by Pitchfork, the accusers are stated to be three ladies and one other one who is gender fluid, all of whom declare Butler had an inappropriate sexual relationship with them. Butler has been married to fellow Arcade Fireplace member Régine Chassagne since 2003.
On the time of the encounters, the three ladies had been between 18-23, whereas Butler was between 34 and 39. The gender-fluid accuser was 21 after they say Butler, 34 on the time, sexually assaulted them twice: as soon as after they had been using in a automotive collectively and one other when he allegedly confirmed up at their condo regardless of being instructed not to take action in textual content messages. Pitchfork says it seen screenshots of textual content and Instagram messages between Butler and the victims and that it spoke with the victims’ family and friends members who had been instructed in regards to the alleged incidents.
The three ladies stated they had been “devoted Arcade Fireplace followers” and that they felt the encounters with Butler had been inappropriate “given the gaps in age, energy dynamics and context during which they occurred.”
In an announcement given to Pitchfork by means of a disaster PR rep, Butler admitted he had sexual interactions with the 4 individuals, however that they had been consensual and he didn’t provoke them. In a second assertion, Butler stated he was depressed and consuming, and coping with psychological well being points. He admits to having an extramarital affair and supplied to place Pitchfork in contact with completely different ladies with whom he had consensual sexual relationships.
I like Régine with all of my coronary heart. We’ve been collectively for twenty years, she is my accomplice in music and in life, my soulmate and I’m fortunate and grateful to have her by my aspect. However at instances, it has been troublesome to stability being the daddy, husband, and bandmate that I need to be. Immediately I need to clear the air about my life, poor judgment, and errors I’ve made.
I’ve had consensual relationships exterior of my marriage.
There is no such thing as a simple technique to say this, and the toughest factor I’ve ever accomplished is having to share this with my son. Nearly all of these relationships had been brief lived, and my spouse is conscious – our marriage has, previously, been extra unconventional than some. I’ve linked with individuals in individual, at exhibits, and thru social media, and I’ve shared messages of which I’m not proud. Most significantly, each single certainly one of these interactions has been mutual and all the time between consenting adults. It’s deeply revisionist, and admittedly simply incorrect, for anybody to counsel in any other case.
I’ve by no means touched a girl in opposition to her will, and any implication that I’ve is just false. I vehemently deny any suggestion that I pressured myself on a girl or demanded sexual favors. That merely, and unequivocally, by no means occurred.
Whereas these relationships had been all consensual, I’m very sorry to anybody who I’ve damage with my conduct. Life is full of large ache and error, and I by no means need to be a part of inflicting another person’s ache.
I’ve lengthy struggled with psychological well being points and the ghosts of childhood abuse. In my 30s, I began consuming as I handled the heaviest despair of my life after our household skilled a miscarriage. None of that is meant to excuse my conduct, however I do need to give some context and share what was taking place in my life round this time. I now not acknowledged myself or the individual I had grow to be. Régine waited patiently watching me endure and tried to assist me as finest as she might. I do know it should have been so laborious for her to look at the individual she liked so misplaced.
I’ve been working laborious on myself – not out of concern or disgrace, however as a result of I’m a human being who desires to enhance regardless of my flaws and injury. I’ve spent the previous couple of years since Covid hit making an attempt to avoid wasting that a part of my soul. I’ve put vital time and power into remedy and therapeutic, together with attending AA. I’m extra conscious now of how my public persona can distort relationships even when a state of affairs feels pleasant and constructive to me. I’m very grateful to Régine, my household, my expensive pals, and my therapist, who’ve helped me again from the abyss that I felt sure at instances would devour me. The bond I share with my bandmates and the extremely deep connection I’ve made with an viewers by means of sharing music has actually saved my life.
As I look to the long run, I’m persevering with to be taught from my errors and dealing laborious to grow to be a greater individual, somebody my son might be pleased with. I say to you all my pals, household, to anybody I’ve damage and to the individuals who love my music and are shocked and dissatisfied by this report: I’m sorry. I’m sorry for the ache I triggered – I’m sorry I wasn’t extra conscious and tuned in to the impact I’ve on individuals – I fucked up, and whereas not an excuse, I’ll proceed to look ahead and heal what might be healed, and be taught from previous experiences. I can do higher and I’ll do higher.
In an announcement of her personal, Chassagne stated she has “stood by [Buitler] as a result of I do know he is an effective man who cares about this world, our band, his followers, pals, and our household.” Persevering with, she stated Butler had “misplaced his approach and he has discovered his approach again. I like him and love the life we’ve got created collectively.”
A rep for Arcade Fireplace instructed SPIN that there could be no additional touch upon the state of affairs. The band is scheduled to start an extensive world tour Aug. 30 in Dublin in help of its newest album, WE.