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Win Butler Accused of Sexual Misconduct by 4 Individuals, Says Encounters Have been Consensual

Arcade Hearth singer/guitarist Win Butler has been accused of sexual misconduct by 4 folks for incidents that allegedly befell between 2015-2020. In a report printed by Pitchfork, the accusers are mentioned to be three girls 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 Hearth member Régine Chassagne since 2003.

On the time of the encounters, the three girls have been between 18-23, whereas Butler was between 34 and 39. The gender-fluid accuser was 21 once they say Butler, 34 on the time, sexually assaulted them twice: as soon as once they have been using in a automobile collectively and one other when he allegedly confirmed up at their condo regardless of being informed not to take action in textual content messages. Pitchfork says it considered screenshots of textual content and Instagram messages between Butler and the victims and that it spoke with the victims’ family and friends members who have been informed in regards to the alleged incidents.

The three girls mentioned they have been “devoted Arcade Hearth followers” and that they felt the encounters with Butler have been inappropriate “given the gaps in age, energy dynamics and context by which they occurred.”

In an announcement given to Pitchfork by a disaster PR rep, Butler admitted he had sexual interactions with the 4 folks, however that they have been consensual and he didn’t provoke them. In a second assertion, Butler mentioned he was depressed and ingesting, and coping with psychological well being points. He admits to having an extramarital affair and provided to place Pitchfork in contact with completely different girls with whom he had consensual sexual relationships.

I really like Régine with all of my coronary heart. We’ve got been collectively for twenty years, she is my companion in music and in life, my soulmate and I’m fortunate and grateful to have her by my facet. However at occasions, it has been troublesome to steadiness being the daddy, husband, and bandmate that I need to be. At this time I need to clear the air about my life, poor judgment, and errors I’ve made.

I’ve had consensual relationships outdoors of my marriage.

There is no such thing as a simple option to say this, and the toughest factor I’ve ever executed is having to share this with my son. Nearly all of these relationships have been quick lived, and my spouse is conscious – our marriage has, up to now, been extra unconventional than some. I’ve related with folks in particular person, at exhibits, and thru social media, and I’ve shared messages of which I’m not proud. Most significantly, each single one among these interactions has been mutual and all the time between consenting adults. It’s deeply revisionist, and admittedly simply flawed, for anybody to recommend in any other case.

I’ve by no means touched a lady in opposition to her will, and any implication that I’ve is solely false. I vehemently deny any suggestion that I compelled myself on a lady or demanded sexual favors. That merely, and unequivocally, by no means occurred.

Whereas these relationships have been all consensual, I’m very sorry to anybody who I’ve harm with my habits. Life is crammed with great 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 ingesting as I handled the heaviest despair of my life after our household skilled a miscarriage. None of that is meant to excuse my habits, however I do need to give some context and share what was occurring in my life round this time. I now not acknowledged myself or the particular person I had turn into. Régine waited patiently watching me endure and tried to assist me as finest as she might. I do know it should have been so onerous for her to look at the particular person she liked so misplaced.

I’ve been working onerous 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 harm. I’ve spent the previous few years since Covid hit attempting 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 optimistic 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 occasions would devour me. The bond I share with my bandmates and the extremely deep connection I’ve made with an viewers by 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 onerous to turn into a greater particular person, somebody my son may be pleased with. I say to you all my pals, household, to anybody I’ve harm and to the individuals who love my music and are shocked and upset by this report: I’m sorry. I’m sorry for the ache I prompted – I’m sorry I wasn’t extra conscious and tuned in to the impact I’ve on folks – I fucked up, and whereas not an excuse, I’ll proceed to look ahead and heal what may be healed, and be taught from previous experiences. I can do higher and I’ll do higher.

In an announcement of her personal, Chassagne mentioned 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 mentioned Butler had “misplaced his method and he has discovered his method again. I really like him and love the life we’ve got created collectively.”

A rep for Arcade Hearth informed SPIN that there could be no additional touch upon the state of affairs. The band is scheduled to start an intensive world tour Aug. 30 in Dublin in assist of its newest album, WE.



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