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Sexual misconduct allegations against Win Butler | Leslie Feist resigns from Arcade Fire tour

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Three days after the start of the Arcade Fire tour, for which she provided the opening act, Canadian musician Leslie Feist withdrew due to sexual misconduct allegations against singer Win Butler. She says she needs to “take.” [s]distances from this tour, not from this conversation ”.

Updated yesterday at 3:52 pm

Alexandre Vigneault

Alexandre Vigneault
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In a lengthy Instagram post, Feist said she learned of the allegations after a rehearsal when she and her band were already in Dublin, where the Arcade Fire tour kicked off on Tuesday. The news obviously came as a shock to them. “We didn’t have time to prepare for what was to come, let alone the decision not to cross the ocean in the eye of the storm. ”

However, she reacted quickly: from the very first concert she chose to donate the proceeds from the sale of her promotional items to an Irish organization that helps women victims of violence, Women’s Aid. She says, however, that she was caught in a great dilemma: “Continuing the tour would have symbolized that I was defending Win Butler or that I was unaware of the suffering he caused and retiring implied that I was both judge and jury.”

The allegations reignited “a conversation bigger than me, bigger than my songs and definitely bigger than any rock ‘n’ roll tour,” he continued. Feist states in his post that he, like everyone else, has had experiences that fall “on the spectrum from toxic masculinity to pervasive misogyny” and that can go as far as physical, psychological, emotional or sexual assault. That the road to recovery from abuse is strewn with loneliness. “I can’t fix this by walking away [la tournée], I cannot solve this problem by staying. But it can’t go on, “she said.

“I am imperfect and I will navigate imperfectly through this decision, but I am sure that the best way to take care of my band, my team and my family is to distance myself from this tour, not this conversation.”, She writes again. .

Feist opened for Arcade Fire’s two Dublin concerts on Tuesday and Wednesday. Listening to the same songs as him in this context seemed completely incoherent. “I’ve always written songs that name my struggles, I aspired to be the best version of myself possible and to take responsibility when needed,” he concludes. I take responsibility and go home. ”

Feist’s retirement comes a few days after the US outlet was released pitchfork of an investigation containing allegations that Win Butler, 42, had inappropriate intercourse with four people. The singer did not deny the relationship, but assured that they were all consensual.

The publication of the survey pitchfork has sparked requests for the cancellation of the Arcade Fire tour, which is expected to conclude in Montreal on December 3. Nothing indicates for the moment that the group or the promoters question it. In recent days, calls for a boycott have also been launched. CBC Music, in particular, announced Tuesday that it would stop showing the band’s songs.

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