Guitarist Sin Quirin has announced his departure from Ministry. This comes more than a year after the guitarist was accused of – and subsequently denied – engaging in sexual relationships with two underage women.
Reportedly, Quirin announced his departure from the industrial legends on Facebook on May 14th. The post has since been deleted and did not address the allegations.
Quirin has said he has decided to step away from Ministry to “focus on my health, my personal life, as well as other projects and interests,” before adding: “Ministry will always be family to me. They all know I love them very much and that I want nothing but the best for them and much success. Thank you for your continued support everyone,” the post ended.
Reports claim that a Ministry representative has confirmed to Quirin has indeed left the band. However, they did not respond to questions regarding the allegations and if they played a role in the departure.
Two allegations from different women were first reported in January 2020, stating that Quirin had engaged in sexual activity with them when they were 15 and 16, respectively.
One of the claimants, Kelly Longoria, claimed to have first met the guitarist in 2002 when he was playing in Society 1. She was 15 at the time. Longoria alleged that she and Quirin engaged in sexual acts when she was a minor, and even pursued a relationship for several years.
The other woman, identified as “Brooke”, alleges she had sex with Quirin when aged 16. This followed a Society 1 gig where after “Brooke” invited the band to stay at her house in Portland, Oregon. She claimed she “definitely made it clear” that she was underage. She had sex with the guitarist that night and the night after in Tacoma, Washington.
Subsequently, Quirin denied these claims, published in a statement to Spin via his attorney Randolph Ortega. “Mr. Quirin maintains no recollection of meeting a minor outside a show in Portland,” the statement asserted. “Mr. Quirin denies ever have [sic] any sexual relationship with anyone under the age of majority.”
Ortega also declared that Ministry’s frontman, Al Jourgensen, was “unaware of any of potential nefarious activity by any member of Ministry during their respective tenure(s) with the band including but not limited to Mr. Sin Quirin”.