Despite allegations of sexual misconduct against singer Win Butler, the first two concerts of Arcade Fire’s world tour will take place as scheduled Tuesday and Wednesday in Dublin, Ireland, while the promoter of the concert in Montreal in December said he was evaluating the situation.
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“We have taken note of the allegations and are currently evaluating the situation,” evenko said via email, questioned by the Journal about the impact this case could have on the group’s scheduled concert at the Bell Center, Dec.3.
Then asked to clarify whether the performance of the concert was under discussion, a spokesman replied that it was “the status quo for the moment, but the situation is still being assessed. ”
On Sunday, in a statement released by the Irish Mirror newspaper, the promoter of the Dublin concerts, MCD studio, confirmed that the Montreal collective will remain on display at the 3Arena, on 30 and 31 August.
According to the Irish Mirror, all tickets are sold out for the first concert and only a few remain for night number 2.
The Arcade Fire weekend traveling show will be presented in several major European cities until October 1st.
After a break of a few weeks, the group will then begin a series of concerts in North America at the end of October which will conclude at the Bell Center in Montreal on December 3rd.
In a report released Saturday by Pitchfoirk, three women between the ages of 18 and 23 at the start of their interactions with the musician testified to their experiences, which are said to have occurred in overlapping periods from 2016 to 2020, when Win Butler he was between 36 and 39 years old.
According to them, these interactions would have been inadequate due to the age gap, but also due to the power dynamics and context in which such relationships would occur.
A fourth person, who identifies himself as of floating sex (genderfluid), said Win Butler sexually assaulted her twice in 2015 when she was 21 and he was 34, according to pitchfork.
Consensual, says Butler
Reached to comment on the allegations against him, Win Butler admitted, via public relations expert Risa Heller, that he had sex with each of the four people. However, he ensured that these interactions were consensual and that it was not at the origin.
Régine Chassagne, a member of the Arcade Fire group and wife of the musician, backed Win Butler’s comment in a written statement sent to the media. “I know what’s in his heart of him, and I know he’s never touched, and never will, touch a woman without his consent from her, and I’m sure he never did,” is can read.
In a second statement provided a pitchforkWin Butler repeatedly apologizes for a period of alcoholism and depression when he faces the allegations again.
“Although these relationships were all consensual, I am truly sorry for anyone I hurt because of my behavior,” he wrote.
“Looking ahead, I continue to learn from my mistakes and work hard to become a better person, someone my son can be proud of. […] I am sorry that I have not been more aware and more in tune with the effect I have on people – I was wrong, and while this is not an excuse, I will continue to look forward first and to heal what can be cured, and learn from past experiences. ”