Singer and musician Win Butler at an Arcade Fire concert in 2018
Singer and musician of the famous Montreal band Arcade Fire, Win Butler, denies allegations of sexual misconduct and assault.
Four women, who wished to remain anonymous and were identified by pseudonyms, confided in the sUS website Pitchfork. They accuse Win Butler of inappropriate behavior that allegedly took place between 2015 and 2020. Radio-Canada has not verified these allegations and no official charges have been filed.
Asked to comment on the allegations, the musician responded in a statement, issued through New York-based public relations expert Risa Heller.
In the written statement, he acknowledged having had sex with each of the four people, but maintained that it was consensual and that he did not initiate it.
While these relationships were all consensual, I am truly sorry to [everyone] whom I have hurt through my behavior, reads.
According to Pitchfork, three of them were Arcade Fire fans between the ages of 18 and 23 at the start of their interactions with the musician, between 2016 and 2020. They allege that he engaged in inappropriate behavior towards them.
A fourth person alleges that Win Butler sexually assaulted her twice in 2015 First once in a car, and another time he reportedly showed up at her door despite text messages warning him not to come.
Pitchfork viewed screenshots of Instagram texts and messages. Friends and relatives said they recalled being told about the alleged incidents.