A very popular alternative rock radio station right here in Toronto has decided to end Arcade Fire after recent news about lead singer Win Butler.
Indie88 will no longer play tracks from the Montreal band after multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against Butler emerged just days ago, according to CBC.
“I can confirm that we made a quick decision over the weekend to remove the band’s music. We have not yet had a thorough internal conversation about the permanence of this decision,” said Ian March, the manager. of the show on CBC.
Indie88 did not respond to blogTO’s multiple requests for more information regarding their decision.
On August 27, Pitchfork published a lengthy article featuring the testimony of four people (three women and one gender fluid) alleging multiple cases of sexual abuse and assault against Butler from 2015 to 2020.
One of the four accused Butler of sexual assault while the other three allege sexual misconduct.
The allegations involved unsolicited sex photos, unwanted advances, and that Butler used his position of power to pressure or manipulate them into sexual scenarios.
In a statement to Pitchfork, Butler denied all allegations and said all alleged encounters happened with consent. He apologized for his behavior.
“I have never touched a woman against her will, and any involvement I have is simply untrue. I vehemently deny any suggestion that I forced myself on a woman or demanded sexual favors. simply, and unequivocally, never happened,” reads the part of Win’s statement to Pitchfork.
Arcade Fire is currently touring Europe and is scheduled for a show in Toronto in December at Scotiabank Arena. As of August 31, none of these tour dates have been canceled.
“While these relationships were all consensual, I am truly sorry to everyone I have hurt through my behavior. Life is filled with tremendous pain and mistakes, and I never want to help cause anyone’s pain. ‘one else,’ Win said.