UPDATE 5/13/2017: The duo has been dropped by their label Polyvinyl following the sexual assault allegations. Here’s what the label had to say in their statement:
“We want to let everyone know that we are ceasing to sell and distribute PWR BTTM’s music. If you have ordered PWR BTTM products from Polyvinyl and would like to receive a full refund for your purchase, please contact email@example.com. We ask for your patience as we work to quickly process all requests.”
ORIGINAL 5/12/2017: PWR BTTM touring members Cameron West and Nicholas Cummins, as well as opening act T-Rextasy have all bailed on the band following sexual assault allegations made on band member Ben Hopkins.
The band’s management, Salty Artist Management, has also dropped PWR BTTM. Oh, and according to AV Club, Polyvinyl, the label the band is on, is offering refunds to fans that have already purchased the band’s new album. You can read everyone’s statements below:
Cameron West via Facebook:
Hi everyone. Today, like many PWR BTTM fans, I was shocked to discover that sexual assault allegations were levied against Ben Hopkins. From my understanding, these accusations were in fact levied via e-mail months ago, but were left unshared with other members of the band, including myself. In order to provide the highest possible respect to everyone who has come forward, I am hereby ending my tenure with the band as an arranger and touring musician.
Nicholas Cummins via Twitter:
I’ll say what I told Ben; while I will never dispose of them as a human, I fully believe all accusations that came up today. Regardless of their intent it’s clear that multiple people had their boundaries crossed. that’s incredibly unacceptable and needs to be acknowledged… I am deeply horrified by the thought of any role I may have played in doing harm to those people when playing with that band. All I can do is hope that the band does the right thing and pursues accountability in an honest and transparent way.
T-Rextasy via Twitter:
We wish we could say these allegations come as a complete surprise, but that is not the truth. Around the time we agreed to a July tour w PWR BTTM, someone came to us privately + warned us that they had these experiences w Ben. They asked us not to share them publicly. At the time we felt we should continue w the tour. We did not want to out the person who had had come to us in confidence. We feared that ducking out of a tour offer with no excuse would damage our professional relationships, many connected very personally to PWR BTTM. This in no way excuses us from culpability. We were scared and confused but we were also selfish. We made a mistake supporting this band. We put our career above the safety of fans who have trusted us and supported us and there’s no way for us to remedy that.
Salty Artist Management via Facebook:
“In light of the allegations involving members of PWR BTTM, Salty Artist Management will no longer be working with the band. We do not take these kind of allegations lightly and our thoughts are with victims and survivors of abuse who have been affected by this.”
PWR BTTM released their new album Pageant today (5/12/17). The band has also cancelled their New York album release show.
You can read about the allegations here.