Queer punk duo PWR BTTM dropped amid sexual assault accusations

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Queer punk band PWR BTTM have been dropped by their management amid allegations of sexual assault against singer Ben Hopkins. After the numerous allegations against Hopkins the band seems to lose their management that revealed in Facebook that the common work won’t continue. One anonymous person described the singer as a “sexual predator”. Another survivor told Jezebel that Hopkins “made sexually aggressive advances and started having sex with her without permission while also refusing to wear protection”. Salty Artist Management said that they “do not take these kind of allegations lightly”, adding that their “thoughts are with victims and survivors of abuse who have been affected by this”. The band, who said they has been “warned” of Hopkin’s behaviour, took to Twitter to express remorse over not addressing the allegations, which did not “come as a complete surprise, earlier. PWR BTTM took to Facebook to make a statement about the allegations, which they have deemed a “surprise”. We are trying to address them [the allegations] with openness and accountability,” the statement began. Unfortunately we live in a culture which trivialises and normalises violations of consent. There are people who have violated others’ consent and do not know. These allegations are shocking to us and we take them very seriously. The alleged behaviour is not representative of who Ben is and the manner in which they try to conduct themselves.”

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