Report: Fifth person accuses Arcade Fire’s Win Butler of sexual misconduct

Report: Fifth person accuses Arcade Fire’s Win Butler of sexual misconduct
Another woman has come forward claiming the Arcade Fire frontman engaged in “manipulative, toxic” behavior over the course of their sexual relationship.

By Raphael Helfand

November 22, 2022

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A fifth person has come forward accusing Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler of sexual misconduct, Pitchfork reports. Her claim comes in the wake of a previous article Pitchfork published in August in which four people accused Butler of engaging in similar behavior toward them between 2016 and 2020.

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The newly published allegation comes from a woman referred to pseudonymously by Pitchfork as Sabina, who claims Butler was emotionally manipulative and abused his power as a rockstar 13 years her senior over the course of a three-year, on-and-off relationship. After meeting Butler at a café in Montreal in the summer of 2015, Sabina (22 and a college student at the time) and Butler (then 35 and a Grammy winner) corresponded over text and met several times, having sex for the first time that fall. Afterward, she claims, Butler repeatedly contacted her for sex and nude photos, establishing a dynamic she now characterizes as “dehumanizing.” Pitchfork reviewed screenshots of text message exchanges between Sabina and Butler — including an apparently unsolicited, graphic photo he sent to her in August 2017 — that back up Sabina’s account.

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Following the first set of allegations leveled against Butler, he shared an apology to “anyone who I have hurt with my behavior,” which he attributed in part to drinking and depression, but maintained that all the relationships he’d engaged in during the period in question were consensual. “I am continuing to learn from my mistakes and working hard to become a better person, someone my son can be proud of,” he wrote. His wife and bandmate Régine Chassagne issued a statement in support of her husband, and the band continued its planned European and North American tours despite Feist and Beck both dropping out as supporting acts.

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A representative of Arcade Fire declined to offer an on-the-record comment on the accusations when reached by The FADER.

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Two Canadian radio stations “pause” playing Arcade Fire music following Win Butler accusations

Two Canadian radio stations “pause” playing Arcade Fire music following Win Butler accusations
CBC Music and Toronto’s Indie88 will not be playing the band’s songs for the forseeable future.

By David Renshaw

August 31, 2022

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Two radio stations in Canada have confirmed that they will not be playing Arcade Fire music following news this week of multiple allegations of sexual misconduct by four separate people against frontman Win Butler.

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Ottawa City News reports that CBC will “pause” playing Arcade Fire on both CBC Music FM and the SiriusXM CBC Radio 3 station “until we learn more about the situation.” Toronto’s Indie88 also confirmed that “a quick decision” had been made to pull the band’s music with a “fulsome internal conversation about the permanence of this decision” to follow.

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The allegations, which Butler denies, include claims of unwanted sexual messages and one of sexually assault. The band kicked off their European tour in Dublin, Ireland on Tuesday night with support act Feist donating merch proceeds to a local domestic abuse charity.

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Four people accuse Arcade Fire’s Win Butler of sexual misconduct

Four people accuse Arcade Fire’s Win Butler of sexual misconduct
Butler has issued a statement acknowledging relationships with four people.

By David Renshaw

August 29, 2022

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Win Butler of Arcade Fire has been accused of sexual misconduct by multiple people, Pitchfork reports. The frontman, who is married to fellow band member Régine Chassagne, has stated that it is his belief that the relationships were consensual and that any claims of misconduct are “revisionist, and frankly just wrong.”

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Speaking to Pitchfork, three women and one gender-fluid person share similar stories. All were fans of Arcade Fire and aged between 18 and 23 when they met Butler. The alleged incidents occurred between 2015 and 2020, when Butler was between 34 and 39. The three women claim that the age gap, plus Butler’s position as the lead singer in a Grammy-winning band, created an unbalanced power dynamic.

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Lily, a pseudonym given to the gender-fluid person, said they believed Butler had sexually assaulted them. Lily first met Butler in 2015 and alleged that he grabbed their crotch in a car. They also claim he pinned them against a wall before “sticking his tongue down my throat.” Butler said he had touched Lily on the thigh in the car and stated that the second incident was “definitely mutual.”

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In a statement given to Pitchfork, Butler said he was “very sorry to anyone who I have hurt with my behaviour” but claimed his relationships with the four individuals were consensual. He added that he had gone through a period of drinking and depression during the 2015-2020 time period the relationships took place.

“I am continuing to learn from my mistakes and working hard to become a better person, someone my son can be proud of […] I’m sorry I wasn’t more aware and tuned in to the effect I have on people – I fucked up, and while not an excuse, I will continue to look forward and heal what can be healed, and learn from past experiences, Butler said”

In a separate statement, Chassagne said she was “certain” he had never touched a woman without consent. She added: “He has lost his way and he has found his way back. I love him and love the life we have created together.”

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Arcade Fire released their latest album WE earlier this year. The band are scheduled to tour Europe in September before making their way across North America later in the fall.

Arcade Fire’s tour will continue in spite of Win Butler’s sexual misconduct allegations

Arcade Fire’s tour will continue in spite of Win Butler’s sexual misconduct allegations
The band is proceeding with its planned dates, a source tells The FADER.

By Jordan Darville

August 29, 2022

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Over the weekend, Pitchfork reported multiple sexual misconduct allegations against Win Butler, frontman of Canadian indie rock institution Arcade Fire. Butler denied any non-consensual sexual activity – in a statement issued through a representative, he called such characterizations “revisionist, and frankly just wrong” and offered an apology. “I’m sorry I wasn’t more aware and tuned in to the effect I have on people,” Butler said. “I fucked up, and while not an excuse, I will continue to look forward and heal what can be healed, and learn from past experiences.”

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The allegations do not appear to have had any effect on Arcade Fire’s upcoming tour of the United Kingdom, Europe, and North America. A well-placed source has informed The FADER that the dates are still scheduled to proceed as planned, with the first date scheduled for Dublin’s 3Arena on August 30. Beck and Feist, the previously announced support acts, have not made any statements on the allegations or their plans for the upcoming dates. The FADER has reached out to their representatives for more information, and we will update this new post if any new information emerges.

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Arcade Fire released their latest album WE in May and performed a surprise set at Coachella this year.

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Watch Arcade Fire’s Win Butler Sing His Own Song at Karaoke


After leading Team Clippers to victory at the the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game on Friday, Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler surprised fans with an impromptu karaoke performance of the band’s 2007 track “Intervention” at a bar in Los Angeles. Few things are as cringe-inducing as performing your own song at karaoke, and Butler seems noticeably uneasy, wandering around the bar’s patio area in an attempt to break the awkwardness. Watch a clip of the performance below via Arcade Fire Tube.

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So, uh, Win Butler just casually dropped by some karaoke spot in Little Tokyo (Los Angeles) last night. I’m guessing he maybe noticed they had “Intervention” on their repertoire and couldn’t resist, or something.

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