William Benjamin Bensussen, the L.A. based producer who puts music out under the moniker the Gaslamp Killer, has been accused of drugging and raping two women in 2013.
One alleged victim, Chelsea, has published her story via Twitter which has been widely circulated in recent days: “I’ve been suppressing my rape for four years and I’m finally ready to come forward to help myself heal and to prevent it from happening to other women in the future,” the statement begins. “The Gaslamp Killer drugged my best friend and myself at a party at the Standard Hotel, had non-consensual sex with both of us while we were completely incapacitated, and then dumped up back in front of the standard after it happened. I was only 20 years old at the time.”
Following the seriousness of the allegations, Bensussen has responded to Chelsea’s story, denying the accusations: “Firstly, I want it to be known that I would never hurt or endanger a woman,” he says.
“I think it’s important that I be a part of this conversation. Firstly, I want it to be known that I would never hurt or endanger a woman. I would never drug a woman, and I would never put anyone in a situation where they were not in control, or take anything that they weren’t offering,” Bensussen said.
“Consent is intimate, and has left room for people who were not present to wonder what happened. In this case consent was between three people, in the form of an offer which I accepted. Allegations carry a lot of weight on social media these days, and the bravery of women who expose their stories can create necessary dialogue that leads to real change. But Chelsea’s version of this story is not true.
“I am thankful that I have been contacted by witnesses and my roommates at the time, in support. Please know that while I am shocked, I take this all very seriously. It is all so sensitive and needs to be treated with the utmost care and attention.”