Garrett Borns, known as indie singer-songwriter BØRNS, has issued a strict denial of the sexual misconduct allegations made against him.
The statement comes after accusations of sexual misconduct, sexual manipulation and harassment were made against him via social media. “I am both hurt and angered over the disturbing and false allegations that have been spread over the past few days on social media,” Borns wrote in a statement.
“All of the relationships I had were legal and consensual. They ended abruptly and that obviously caused hurt feelings, but for anyone to suggest anything beyond that is irresponsible,” he continued.
His statement comes after two young women detailed their claims against Borns via social media.
“I was expecting a bar but ended up at his place,” Twitter user @kaliforxnia wrote. “Once everything happened I went to the bathroom and started bleeding. I was completely shocked from the blood and started to get it together and realized what just happened. I blamed myself for that night because I didn’t say no even though I was intoxicated.”
Nia, who was 19 at the time, wrote: “He ignored my messages because I said no to going to his hotel room.
“The next time he asked her to hang out, she says, he coerced her into his room by telling her the address was to a bar, not his hotel.”
Another woman, who claims to have been a fan of Borns, said her encounter with him started when she was just 16: “I idolized him,” Lyss wrote in a statement. “He made me feel so special.”
“He would ask me to send specific pictures and videos of myself, and I did. He asked me to so I did, and if I didn’t he would beg, or ghost me if I refused. I was 17,” she added. “I tried to normalize things so many times, but it always led back into the sick lustful conversations that he used me for.”
“My idea of sex was turned into something that it shouldn’t have been because of him. I began to lose respect for myself,” wrote Lyss.
I didn’t get the courage to share this to hurt anyone. Please understand where I’m coming from. Please be safe and always trust your gut. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/R09Yqr0L2Z
— nia ♥ BLACK LIVES MATTER (@_n_ia) September 21, 2018
— Exposing BØRNS (@exposing_borns) September 22, 2018