No Feist in Sportpaleis: singer leaves tour with Arcade Fire after accusation of frontman’s transgressive behavior

No Feist in Sportpaleis: singer leaves tour with Arcade Fire after accusation of frontman’s transgressive behavior
No Feist in Sportpaleis: singer leaves tour with Arcade Fire after accusation of frontman’s transgressive behavior

The American music website Pitchork revealed last week that Win Butler has been accused of transgressive behavior by several women. They were all aged between 18 and 23 at the time of the incident. Butler, who has been married to his bandmate Régine Chassange since 2003, was between 36 and 39 years old at the time.

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With one of the women, Butler is said to have put his hand in her pants in 2015 without permission. He would also have kissed her against her will. Another woman claims that the singer asked her for nude photos and sent photos of his genitals himself. In addition to those dick pics, Butler sent sexually explicit messages, even after the woman asked to stop.

Leslie Feist (46) motivates her decision to leave the tour, which will pass in Antwerp next week, via a long letter on social media.

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“This has been incredibly difficult for me and I can only imagine how much harder it has been for the people who came forward. More than anything! I wish those involved the best of luck,” she writes.

Leslie Feist writes that she hesitated for a while before making the decision. “Just staying in the tour would seem like defending or ignoring the pain that Win Butler inflicted. Leaving the tour would mean playing judge and jury.” Still, she chose the second option.

“I’ve always written songs to name my own subtle difficulties, to strive for my best self, and to claim responsibility when needed. And I’m taking my responsibility now and going home. I was never here to stand for or with Arcade Fire, I was here to stand on my own two feet on a stage,” she writes from Dublin, where the band’s tour kicked off. The singer will now donate the proceeds from the sale of merchandise to Women’s Aid Dublin, an Irish charity that stands up for women’s rights.

In a statement, Arcade Fire says it understands Feist’s decision. “We are very sad to see Leslie go home, but fully understand and respect her decision.”

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