Punk band PWR BTTM responded to sexual assault allegations


Both members of the queer alt-punk duo commented the allegation of sexual assault made against singer Ben Hopkins. After such allegations the band’s managers were forced to stop working with them. Hopkins previously gave a brief statement about th situation, but only now he comments it in full. “What has transpired over the past several days has been emotionally overwhelming and difficult to comprehend. Last Thursday, I learned that an anonymous individual had made an allegation of sexual assault against me. This allegation was devastating to me as it is contrary to the intentional way I seek to interact with those around me. As I digested the allegations, I tried to figure out who the individual might be so that I could try to reconcile what I had read with my memory of any particular sexual interaction. I’ve waited to respond to the Jezebel article because the statements made about me by the anonymous source did not line up with any sexual experience I have ever had,” Hopkins wrote adding that he and his bandmade found out who the accuser was. Hopkins has been in relationships with this woman before and they kept in touch till last month. Bandmate Liv Bruce also released a statement saying they knew about the allegations against Hopkins some months before the went public. Bruce said they had spoken to the accuser but that they did not want to reveal her identity nor did they know how to address the situation. “After our conversation, I wanted to discuss with Ben the issues she had raised, but I quickly realized that doing so would inevitably reveal her identity,” Bruce said, “I did not know how to proceed nor did I know where to seek advice about how to move forward. After Ben ascertained the individual’s identity on Friday, I decided that my withholding information was no longer protecting her privacy and I told Ben about the conversation she and I had.”


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