Former Black Flag Vocalist Ron Reyes Issues Statement On Greg Ginn’s Child Abuse Case

Greg Ginn, the Black Flag guitarist and mastermind, is in the midst of a bitter custody battle with his ex-wife, who’s accused Ginn of child abuse and pointed out a video of him acting creepy toward a young woman. And now she’s got help: The former Black Flag singer Ron Reyes, who was part of an early incarnation of the band and who also briefly led Ginn’s rebooted version of it before he was fired onstage a year ago. Reyes recently appeared in court on behalf of Ginn’s ex-wife Marina, making a statement that Ginn behaved in straight-up unacceptable ways with his two daughters, ages 7 and 10. Reyes claimed that Ginn would be fucked up on weed and wine constantly around his kids and that he would pretty much completely neglect them. Here’s some of what he said:

Greg would not allow the kids in the studio. They also weren’t allowed in the office or the warehouse as far as I could tell. They were just left in the hallway outside of the recording studio all day when I was there. The hallway has a concrete floor, but no chairs or anything to sit on, so the kids would just sit on the concrete and wait for Greg…

A few times a day they would knock on the door or open the door and try to tell Greg they were hungry. He would quickly go over and usher them away from the door and close it, but usually he would make them wait, hours usually, before he would break for food and, I assume, feed them…

The only time there was adult supervision in their lives was when people were hired by Greg to look after his kids. The environment seemed totally inappropriate to me, and the way he completely neglected his daughters was very disturbing…

I spent a lot of time in close proximity to Greg Ginn in the time I spent at his property in Taylor. From what I witness, I firmly believe from what I witnessed that Greg is not capable of caring for children. His drug problem is too severe, and appears to have taken a toll on his mental health. His children deserve far better parenting, care and guidance than he is able to provide them.

(via Brooklyn Vegan)

Reyes certainly has his own reasons to be pissed off at Ginn, but this really paints a disturbing picture of someone who already wasn’t coming off very well. You can read Reyes’ whole statement as a PDF here.