Opening Bands Cancel Shows With PWR BTTM In The Wake Of Assault Allegations

Two days ago, members of a closed Facebook group accused Ben Hopkins, one of the two members of the New York queer-punk duo PWR BTTM, of being a “known sexual predator, perpetrator of multiple assaults.” The accusations made their way around the internet, and the band responded by setting up an email address to discuss the allegations through a mediator. Today, PWR BTTM release their new album Pageant, but as Brooklyn Vegan points out, they’ve cancelled tonight’s record-release show at New York’s Rough Trade. Meanwhile, the New York band T-Rextasy, who were scheduled to go out on tour with PWR BTTM in July, have cancelled their dates with the band. In a series of statements on twitter, T-Rextasy write, “We made a mistake supporting this band.” Here’s what they’ve posted:

Chicago multi-instrumentalist Nnamdi Ogbonnaya has also canceled his plans to tour with the band:

Right now, it looks like the rest of PWR BTTM’s tour dates are on.

UPDATE: PWR BTTM touring member Cameron West has quit the band.

UPDATE 2: The Howell, MI-based BLED FEST has announced that they have removed PWR BTTM from their lineup this year. The festival is scheduled to take place on 5/27. “We do not have any tolerance for this kind of activity, and it’s important that we act in favor of any victims, whether we know them directly or not,” they said in a statement. They’re working on finding a replacement act. Read the festival’s full statement here.

Raleigh-based Hopscotch Festival has also dropped PWR BTTM from their lineup:

UPDATE 3: iji has also dropped off the PWR BTTM tour:

UPDATE 4: Details of an alleged assault by PWR BTTM’s Ben Hopkins have emerged.

UPDATE 5: A number of other bands and artists that were scheduled to open on PWR BTTM’s upcoming tour have also pulled out, including Tancred and Ratboys: