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Queer Punk Duo PWR BTTM Respond to Sexual Abuse Allegations

Friday May 19, 2017

Weeks after one of its members was accused of sexual assault, with a woman giving an anonymous interview with Jezebel, and faced massive fallout since the allegations came to light, the queer punk band PWR BTTM issued three statements.

After Ben Hopkins was accused of sexual assault and anti-Semitism, PWR BTTM was dropped from their label and management, had their upcoming tour canceled and all of their music was yanked from streaming services.

Pitchfork points out both members of the band, Hopkins and Liv Bruce, released individual statements and a joint statement on Facebook. In Hopkins' statement, he denies the claims made by the woman who spoke with Jezebel, saying they "did not line up with any sexual experience I have ever had." Hopkins adds: "I had no indication before last week that she had any concerns about our interaction."

The top responses to their statement have been mostly negative.

"Everything about Ben's account of the consent violations feels like an underhanded attempt at undermining the victim's experience," one Facebook user wrote. "There was no need to include bits about how you both texted after and you felt so surprised by these allegations, it just seems like you're using coded language to blame the victim for not being more open about the fact that they didn't feel comfortable around you enough to say that you violated their consent."

Another wrote: "Raise [your] hand if you've called someone on assault and then they turned around and recounted the experience to you with the intention of gas lighting you. Imagine if that person was in an extremely popular band!!!! All I'm saying!!!"

Read the statements below.


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