The Orwells have released a statement to vehemently deny all accusations of sexual misconduct which are currently being levied at them via social media. But will still cancel their hometown gig at Chicago’s Metro.
Over the weekend it came to light, via Reddit, the allegations of sexual abuse against the band members Mario Cuomo, Henry Brinner, and Grant Brinner were gathered in an incredibly comprehensive manner.
The band moved to “emphatically deny” all the allegations though acknowledging some past behaviour was not appropriate. “We emphatically deny these baseless allegations brought as a personal attack against us,” they said. “While callow altercations and vulgar language we’ve used in the past must be recognized and owned up to, the accusations of sexual assault are completely unfounded.”
The full statement can be found below.
“It’s come to our attention that certain allegations of abuse have been made against one or more of us on social media and in social circles of Chicago. We’d like to first state that sexual abuse in any form is abhorrent. We do not take these accusations lightly and consider this matter incredibly serious. We emphatically deny these baseless allegations brought as a personal attack against us.
While callow altercations and vulgar language we’ve used in the past must be recognized and owned up to, the accusations of sexual assault are completely unfounded. No member of this band has ever acted without consent or maliciously taken advantage of anyone. We encourage anyone who’s been affected by sexual abuse to speak up and make their abusers known; however we also encourage everyone to be cautious of the things they read and say on the Internet. No victim of abuse should be hesitant to make their voice heard and if someone does feel that we’ve hurt them, we encourage them to contact us properly and privately (not via social media or anonymously), as to respect their identity.
Sincerely, Matt, Mario, Dominic, Henry, and Grant
It’s not the first time the abuse claims have been made and the claim this time is supported by a massive document of material which can be found here. The document details the allegations of sexual assault, sexual interactions with underage girls, sending unsolicited nude photos and videos, making homophobic remarks, and more.
It has led other members of the Chicago live music scene to speak out, with Cadien from Twin Peaks (and the band in general) using their platform to help get the word out so that attention to the case can be given.