Feist has left the Arcade Fire tour following allegations of sex abuse by Win Butler.

 Feist has left the Arcade Fire tour following allegations of sex abuse by Win Butler.

Feist has left the Arcade Fire tour following allegations of sex abuse by Win Butler.

In a subsequent statement, he apologized "to anyone who has been hurt by my behavior," and added, "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 impact I have on people - I messed up, and while that isn't an excuse, I will continue to look forward and heal what can be healed, as well as learn from my mistakes."


Feist concluded that "the best way to take care of my band and crew and my family is to distance myself from this tour, not this conversation," despite the fact that she is "imperfect" and will "navigate this decision imperfectly." My songs made this decision for me the last two nights on stage. Hearing them through this lens contradicted everything I'd worked to clarify for myself throughout my career.


"I've always written songs to name my own subtle difficulties, to aspire to be my best self, and to take responsibility when necessary." And now I'm taking responsibility and going home."

Butler allegedly sexually assaulted a fourth, gender-fluid, person twice in 2015, when they were 21 and he was 34. Pitchfork examined screenshots of text and Instagram messages between Butler and the four fictitious subjects, as well as interviews with friends and family members who were told about the alleged incidents.


Butler denied the allegations and stated that the relationships were mutual, adding, "It is deeply revisionist, and frankly just wrong, for anyone to suggest otherwise."


"I read the same headline you did at a pub in Dublin after rehearsing with my band," Feist wrote in a lengthy statement posted to her social media accounts. "We didn't have time to prepare for what was to come, let alone a chance to decide whether or not to fly across the ocean into the heart of this situation."


"This has been extremely difficult for me, and I can only imagine how difficult it has been for those who have come forward." More than anything, I wish those involved healing."


She went on to say that the Pitchfork piece "started a conversation that is bigger than me, bigger than my songs, and certainly bigger than any rock and roll tour... Staying on tour would imply that I was defending or ignoring the harm caused by Win Butler, while leaving would imply that I was the judge and jury."


"I was never here to stand for or with Arcade Fire - I was here to stand on my own two feet on a stage, a place I've grown to feel I belong and have earned as my own," the 46-year-old singer said.


"There isn't a single path to healing when you've experienced any of the above, nor is there a single path to rehabilitating the perpetrators," she explained. "Making sense of bad treatment can be a lonely road." I can't solve it by leaving, and I can't solve it by remaining. But I can't go on."


Following the allegations, radio stations in Canada and the United States began removing songs by the band from playlists. Commentators on social media urged fans to boycott upcoming concerts in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, and other countries, with many surprised the tour was taking place at all. A publicist for Arcade Fire told a Guardian reporter at the band's concert in Dublin this week that the band would continue its tour to promote their new album, We.


Feist stated that public shaming "might cause action, but those actions are made from fear, and fear is not where we find our best selves or make our best decisions." Fear does not elicit empathy or healing, nor does it create a safe space for these kinds of conversations to take place, or for genuine accountability and remorse to be offered to those who have been harmed."


Butler, who is married to bandmate Régine Chassagne, acknowledged having sexual interactions with each of the four people in a statement to Pitchfork, but said they were not initiated by him and were consensual.

Leslie Feist, better known as Feist, a Canadian singer-songwriter, has announced that she will leave an Arcade Fire tour following allegations of sexual misconduct against the band's frontman, Win Butler.


Inside Arcade Fire's first concert following allegations of sexual misconduct against frontman Win Butler

According to a Pitchfork investigation published last week, the 42-year-old singer-guitarist of the Canadian indie rock band took advantage of age gaps and fandom with four people; three women, aged 18 to 23, alleged Butler sent unwanted sexual messages between 2015 and 2020.

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