Flying Lotus apologizes for defending The Gaslamp Killer over rape allegations
“I’m having trouble finding my voice in all of this. I am truly heartbroken.”
Speaking to HipHopDX, he has now apologized “sincerely” for his “insensitive” comments. “This is a tough time for all of us, men and women. I’m having trouble finding my voice in all of this. I am truly heartbroken,” said the US producer.
He continued: “My stage has always been a place for what’s in my heart until now. I feel as internet-wielding people we have to learn to give each other space to feel, to honour each other’s reactions and experiences without bullying. I care about this community and its impact so much.”
The Gaslamp Killer was accused last week of drugging and raping two women in 2013. “The Gaslamp Killer drugged my best friend and myself at a party at the Standard Hotel, had non-consensual sex with both of us while we were completely incapacitated, and then dumped us back in front of the standard after it happened,” read a statement from Twitter user @chelseaelaynne last week.
On Saturday (October 14), Flying Lotus closed his Red Bull Music Academy Festival set with a Gaslamp Killer track before telling the audience: “The internet is a fuckin’ liar. Ain’t nobody judge and jury but the fuckin’ law, okay?… Thank you guys so much for coming, let truth and justice have its day.”
Following the wake of the allegations, The Gaslamp Killer, aka William Bensussen, posted a statement to Twitter in which he denied the allegations, insisting he would “never hurt or endanger a woman.”
Brainfeeder also issued a statement in response to the allegations, claiming it “did not have any knowledge of the alleged incidents, and condemn any such actions across the board.” The label emphasized that it hasn’t released any music by The Gaslamp Killer in over five years and that the producer is not currently signed to Brainfeeder.