Majical Cloudz’s Devon Welsh just released his new solo album, Dream Songs. Today, he participated in a Reddit AMA session, during which he addressed sexual assault accusations against his former bandmate Matthew Otto. One Reddit use posted, “About a year and a half ago the information that your former bandmate Matthew Otto had sexually assaulted someone was being spread around musical and artistic communities in Montreal, in order to keep artists and fans safe.”
As Pitchfork points out, the user added that Otto has been attending Welsh’s recent concerts. Welsh responded, “Long story short, I believe the accuser absolutely and I’m very aware of how his behaviour has been distressing and obnoxious at recent shows. My relationship with him has been troubled for multiple reasons, a lot of them are personal so I don’t want to go into them in public here.”
Otto replaced original Majical Cloudz member Matthew Duffy in 2011. The band broke up in 2016. Read the full AMA here.
UPDATE: Welsh has shared a clarifying statement with Stereogum. Read his additional comments below.
I want to make some clarifications about the Reddit post that has been picked up by news outlets.
The band ended for reasons unrelated to the accusation. It was due to a number of factors, including personal decisions as well as disagreements that are not relevant to any of this. I don’t think Matthew is a bad person. We have had a complicated relationship but it is personal and unrelated to any accusations of harmful behaviour.
I take all accusations of sexual assault seriously and this is no exception.
I know Matthew has undergone an accountability process for the accusation that was brought up.
In my post I simply intended to validate the experience of the accuser but I cannot speak on all the details of the accusation because I don’t know them.
When I say Matthew Otto’s behaviour was personally obnoxious and distressing at recent shows I was not referring to any knowledge of his behaviour making anyone feel unsafe or harmed.
I’m happy to be approached at any of my shows if someone feels unsafe or is being harmed, by anyone.