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The Orwells have broken up amid sexual misconduct allegations


It has been announced via social media that the band The Orwells have now broken up amid a catalogue of sexual misconduct allegations which have been surfacing over the last few days.

We brought you the news a few days ago that The Orwells, a band rooted in the Chicago live music scene, were rebuffing the “baseless” accusations being levied at them from one particular Reddit user who had catalogued a whole host of incidents.

In their statement, they moved to “emphatically deny” the accusations but it seems that the pressure on the band, and perhaps the members of which were not involved in the accusations, has proved too much.

Read the full statement 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
The Orwells”