James Euringer, the frontman and principal songwriter of the New York electropunk outfit Mindless Self Indulgence, also known as Jimmy Urine, has been sued for the sexual battery of a minor. The lawsuit was filed yesterday in the New York Supreme Court, as Rolling Stone reports.
The anonymous plaintiff, identified as Jane Doe, claims in the lawsuit that she and Euringer had a sexual relationship from 1997 to 1999, beginning when she was 15, and Euringer was 27. The suit definitively states that Euringer began to “groom and manipulate Plaintiff into thinking that his sexually assaultive behaviour was not criminal and that he and Plaintiff were in fact in a relationship.”
The lawsuit argues that Euringer acknowledged that the complainant was, in fact, a minor and acted “as though she was his girlfriend and the two were in a consensual relationship.” It also notes that he supplied her with a fake ID so she could join him at shows and drink alcohol. It also claimed that he requested she “act like a small child” during intimate acts but “play it cool” in public and only display affection in private.
There exists a segment of the lawsuit outlining Mindless Self Indulgence’s history of shock tactics under the title: “Euringer is a Self-Identified and Self-Promoted Pedophile.” Per, Pitchfork, who have witnessed some of the documents, “Exhibit A” is an advertisement seeking a drummer circa 1996. The advert requires someone who “does not mind drumming for a band of paedophiles.”
Allegedly the complaint also points to the artwork for the band’s 1999 debut album, Tight, paying particular attention to the graphic lyrics of ‘Panty Shot’. The lawsuit also names James Galus, the band’s manager and producer, as well as Elektra and Warner Music Group. The suit claims Galus and the labels are at fault for negligence and aiding and abetting sexual battery.
Listen to ‘Shut Me Up’, below.