In the new Fairies In the report, Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler was accused of entering into an “ongoing abusive relationship” with a woman using the pseudonym Sabina, which began when she was a 22-year-old student and Butler was 35.
Sabina is the fifth person to come forward with allegations against Butler since the initial was published Fairies an August report in which four separate people detailed past sexual relationships with the musician that they “felt inappropriate given the age gaps, power dynamics and context in which they occurred.” All five accusers were at least 13 years younger than Butler when the alleged abuse occurred.
In the new article, Sabina details an encounter with Butler in Montreal in the summer of 2015, when she was a recently divorced waitress and student. Although the couple initially bonded over literature and poetry (“I thought I was so intellectual,” Sabina says in the report), the relationship quickly turned sexual.
Butler was “emotionally abusive, manipulative, toxic and used his power dynamic to exploit my body at times that suited him. He met me when I was so vulnerable,” says Sabina. “Overall, it was an offensive dynamic. It was really aggressive and I felt like I had to do what he said. I didn’t like some of the things he asked me to do, but I did them anyway. And that is ultimately dehumanizing,” he continues.
The article goes on to detail how Butler pressured Sabina to let her boyfriend and roommate live alone “with the implication that she could have sex more easily,” expecting her, he said, to be “available for sex in any form”. schedule, sent her unwanted, sexually explicit photos, and generally made her feel like she was “just a body.”
She concludes, “If you’re in an emotionally abusive relationship, telling yourself that it was all for something, that their outbursts were mistakes, and that you meant something to the abuser, that you still have value in their eyes, makes you feel better. .. But the only value I had for him was sexual acts whenever he wanted.”
Butler has yet to respond to this latest allegation. Full the text of his previous response, in which he claims that “every single interaction was mutual and always between consenting adults,” is available here.
If you or someone you know is a victim of sexual abuse, please contact RAINN National Sexual Assault Open phone number 1-800-656-4673.