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

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:

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