Four women came forward with accusations against a singer who admitted having extramarital relationships but said they were "consensual."
ARCADED FIRE'S WIN From 2016 to 2020, several women will say that Butler did something sexually wrong, such as sexual assault or unwanted sexting.
In the Pitchfork report, four women—three of whom were "devoted" Arcade Fire fans between the ages of 18 and 23 when they met Butler
described their claims against the singer, who has been married to bandmate Régine Chassagne since 2003.
In a statement, Butler told Pitchfork that he had affairs outside of his marriage, but he insisted that all of the sexual encounters were "consensual."
"Lily," who doesn't have a fixed gender and uses they/them pronouns, said they met Butler at a concert in Montreal in 2015 and became friends.
But after a dinner in February 2015, Butler allegedly put his hands down Lily's pants without her permission.
Butler told Pitchfork that he only put his hand on Lily's inner thigh. At the end of the night, Butler and Lily kissed, but "I did not ask for it,
Butler said. I did not reciprocate. "It was so bad that it was very short and uncomfortable," Lily told Pitchfork.
Two days later, Butler went to Lily's apartment, where she said, "He pinned me up against the wall, grabbed my body roughly, and stuck his tongue down my
throat." "She was trying to be sexy, but it wasn't a good idea in that situation." Three more women, all of whom were fans of Arcade Fire and were younger than Butler by more than a decade,
spoke about how Butler had reached out to them on social media. The online conversations between the fans and the singer led to real-life meetups and
Butler's constant requests for each woman to send him explicit photos. (Butler is also said to have sent a woman naked pictures of herself without her asking for them.)