Arrow de Wilde said she was told that the incident was orchestrated by Brooks Nielsen and cost the band “a few hundred bucks,” calling it “a pretty expensive joke.”
Starcrawler guitarist Henri Cash corroborated de Wilde’s story in a statement to Pitchfork. “Everything Arrow said in her statement is true,” Cash wrote. “We were locked out on stage but, after pounding on the door, we were able to get into the room and saw a naked man standing over Arrow. Arrow was very upset and told me the whole story right after in the bathroom. We were all shocked and horrified and didn’t know what to do.”
Today, Brooks Nielsen, addressed Arrow de Wilde’s statement and issued an apology in a statement posted to the band’s Instagram. “I apologize for my actions, and for any band members, that have hurt, offended, or damaged any person or made anyone feel less than 100% safe,” Nielsen wrote. “I take full responsibility and accountability for the behavior of all Growlers’ band members, past and present.” Nielsen also announced that co-founder and guitarist Matt Taylor is taking temporary leave from the band and that he would be working to raise “awareness and as much money as [he] can” for women’s support organizations.
In recent weeks, anonymous allegations of sexual misconduct have been levied against the California garage rock label Burger Records’ artists and employees. The label folded entirely as musicians including Nobunny, Part Time’s David Loca, and SWMRS’ Joey Armstrong have released statements addressing allegations of misconduct.
The Growlers, who put out records on Burger, have faced additional anonymous allegations of misconduct. The band released a statement on Instagram on July 21, denying some allegations and announcing plans to “look into” others; that statement, viewed by Pitchfork, has since been deleted. That same day, the Growlers keyboardist Adam Wolcott Smith announced on Instagram that he’d quit the band. The next day, Smith wrote on Instagram, “I’m not innocent in abuse,” and admitted to an incident of sexual assault. Both of those Instagram statements, viewed by Pitchfork, have also been deleted.
You can read Arrow de Wilde’s statement and the Growlers’ Instagram response in full below.
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Ed note: This article was updated on Friday, July 21 at 7:20pm.