The Growlers frontman Brooks Nielsen has issued an apology over sexual misconduct allegations aimed on the band.
It comes after the band confronted numerous allegations in current weeks, together with claims in opposition to the frontman and The Growlers guitarist Matt Taylor.
Taking to Instagram tonight (July 31), Nielsen wrote: “This week has been a get up name about our behaviour at reveals, after reveals, in interviews. Behaviour that was insensitive, offensive and even improper.
“I apologise for my actions and for any band members, that have hurt, offended or damaged any person or made anyone feel less than 100% safe. I take full responsibility and accountability for the behaviour of all Growlers band members past and present.”
He additionally apologised to Starcrawler singer Arrow de Wilde after she alleged that she was sexually assaulted by a male stripper whereas on tour with the band.
Posting an announcement on her Instagram account, she recounted an expertise she allegedly had with The Growlers backstage at a present in Melbourne, claiming that “while none of the growlers band members assaulted me directly, they hired someone else to [do so] for their enjoyment.”
De Wilde claims the The Growlers employed a male stripper after one of many final reveals the bands performed collectively in Australia.
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“The humour faded pretty fast when it just wouldn’t end,” she wrote within the assertion. “I swear it went on for almost ten minutes. Every time I tried to get up he pushed me back down. It started to feel more and more degrading as each layer of clothing peeled off his body, the growlers just continued to laugh and film the whole thing. Soon he was down to a speedo and I knew where it was headed.”
Arrow claims she was then held down whereas the stripper sexually assaulted her. “Everyone in the growlers were standing all around me, laughing and taking videos the whole time, no one ever stepped in.”
Read Arrow’s assertion in full under.
Nielsen acknowledged de Wilde’s allegations, calling it a “lack of judgment” that he “arrang[ed] a male stripper as an end-of-tour prank to dance for the great Arrow de Wilde.”
He added: “This was a horrible idea that turned out even worse.”
Nielsen additionally acknowledged that Taylor “adamantly denies” any allegations made in opposition to him. He mentioned the guitarist was taking “temporary leave from the band”.
Nielsen additionally mentioned he’ll be “working to raise awareness and as much money as [he] can for Time’s Up, East Los Angeles Women’s Center, and other organisations that support women who have suffered violence, abuse, and discrimination.”
Earlier this month, The Growlers responded to allegations of sexual misconduct involving their band members, with Nielsen denying the accusations in opposition to himself and Taylor (through Brooklyn Vegan). He added that among the band’s 11 ex-members have been “dismissed from the group years ago for not aligning with the kind of band we strive to be.”
Nielsen additionally denied an accusation that he allegedly touched a feminine journalist on her breast, saying: “I absolutely deny this ever happened, period.”
Last week California label Burger Records – with whom The Growlers have been beforehand affiliated – introduced it was utterly shutting down, overturning an preliminary choice to rebrand and revamp management following allegations of sexual misconduct.
As Music News reported on July 21, Burger’s staff and artists have been lately named in a number of allegations of sexual misconduct. An Instagram account with the deal with @Lured_By_Burger_Records posted tales and allegations from varied people.