Fifth person speaks out against Arcade Fire’s Win Butler

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In the new Pitchfork According to reports, Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler has been accused of entering into an “ongoing abusive relationship” with a woman named Sabina, which began when he was a 22-year-old student and Butler was 35.

Sabina is the fifth person to come forward with allegations against Butler following the publication of the first letter Pitchfork reported in August, where four different people detailed past sexual relationships with the musician that they “felt were inappropriate due to age gaps, power dynamics, and the context in which they occurred.” All five accusers were at least 13 years older than Butler when the alleged abuse occurred.

In the new article, Sabina describes meeting Butler in Montreal in the summer of 2015, when she was a minister and a recently divorced student. Although at first the couple bonded over literature and poetry (“I thought I was very intelligent,” says Sabina in the report), the relationship quickly turned sexual.

Butler was “emotionally abusive, manipulative, toxic, and used his superpowers to exploit my body at times that were convenient for him. He met me when I was very weak,” Sabina says. “Overall, it was a lot of abuse. It was very aggressive and I felt like I had to do what he said. I wasn’t completely satisfied with some of the things he was asking me to do, but I did them anyway. And that is ultimately demeaning,” he continues.

The article describes in detail how Butler pressured Sabina to leave her boyfriend and roommate alone “in the sense that they could have sex more easily that way,” he expected her to be “sexually available either way” according to the schedule, sent her pictures of unsolicited sex, and generally made her feel like “just a body.”

She concludes: “If you’re in an emotionally abusive relationship it makes you feel better to tell yourself that it was all for something, that their outbursts were wrong and that you meant something to the abuser, that you’re still valued in his eyes. .. But the only value I ever held for him was to have sex whenever he wanted.”

Butler has yet to respond to these recent allegations. complete the text of his initial response, in which he claims that “each of these interactions has been mutual and always between consenting adults,” is available. here.

If you or someone you know is suffering from sexual harassment, contact RAINN National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673.


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