Multiple people have accused Arcade Fire’s Win Butler of sexual misconduct. In a lengthy report published by Pitchfork, three women have come forward accusing Butler of having inappropriate sexual relationships with them; they were all between 18 and 23 at the start of those interactions, which reportedly took place during overlapping periods from 2016 to 2020 when the singer was between 36 and 39.
A fourth person, who identifies as gender-fluid and uses they/them pronouns, has also come forward, claiming that Butler sexually assaulted them twice in 2015, when they were 21 and he was 34.
In a written statement to Pitchfork, Butler (via crisis public relations expert Risa Heller) said that the sexual encounters did take place with all four people but that they were consensual and not initiated by him. Butler also offered to put the outlet in touch with women who had consensual sexual experiences with him in the past.
The rep also shared a written statement from Butler’s wife and Arcade Fire bandmate Régine Chassagne, who says, “He has lost his way, and he has found his way back.”
Butler later shared a second statement with Pitchfork, where he describes a period of drinking and depression: “While these relationships were all consensual, I am very sorry to anyone who I have hurt with my behavior,” he wrote. “As I look to the future, I am continuing to learn from my mistakes and working hard to become a better person, someone my son can be proud of. […] I’m sorry I wasn’t more aware and tuned in to the effect I have on people – I fucked up, and while not an excuse, I will continue to look forward and heal what can be healed, and learn from past experiences.”
The piece goes on to detail a relationship with Lily (a pseudonym), who alleges that they first met Butler in 2015 when they were 21 and studying art in Montreal. After meeting up a couple of times (Lily says they were not interested in a romantic relationship), they claim that “Butler stuck his hands into their pants without consent while driving them home after the meal. When Lily expressed discomfort, they say, Butler eventually removed his hand and dropped them off at home.”
In another instance, Butler allegedly showed up to Lily’s apartment in February after Lily asked him not to. He also apparently refused when they asked him to leave.
I opened my door and he pinned me up against the wall and was aggressively grabbing my body and sticking his tongue down my throat. It was an attempt to be sexy, and it was so not OK in the context.
Eventually he pulled me onto his lap on my couch. I don’t know if he was holding me by the waist or what, but I was physically constrained by him as he was putting his hand down my pants. At some point he tried to go down on me… The anger and the power in my voice surprised me. I will never forget it.
Butler apparently began to berate Lily for denying his advances. His statement about the incident reads:
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