Former Majical Cloudz frontman Devon Welsh took part in a Reddit AMA on Monday (8/27) to promote his new solo album, Dream Songs, that came out on Friday. One user asked Devon about his former Majical Cloudz bandmate, Matthew Otto. "About a year and a half ago the information that your former bandmate Matthew Otto had sexually assaulted someone was being spread around musical and artistic communities in Montreal, in order to keep artists and fans safe," they wrote. "I assumed this incident, or his behavior must have been a reason for Majical Cloudz breaking up, but i have seen him at multiple of your solo events, being obnoxious, taking up space, and interacting with your fans. Is it that you have really never heard these allegations before? Or that you choose not to believe to accuser? Or that you're putting his comfort/ego over the safety of your fans? I want this cleared up because I have been a huge fan of yours for years, but recently my friends and I have felt unsafe at your shows because of his presence."
Devon responded, "Long story short, I believe the accuser absolutely and I'm very aware of how his behaviour has been distressing and obnoxious at recent shows. My relationship with him has been troubled for multiple reasons, a lot of them are personal so I don't want to go into them in public here. I completely understand why his presence would make you feel that way and I'm happy to hear anything more about it you'd like to say."
UPDATE: Devon has made an additional statement clarifying his comments about Matthew Otto:
I want to make some clarifications about the Reddit post that has been picked up by news outlets.
The band ended for reasons unrelated to the accusation. It was due to a number of factors, including personal decisions as well as disagreements that are not relevant to any of this. I don’t think Matthew is a bad person. We have had a complicated relationship but it is personal and unrelated to any accusations of harmful behaviour.
I take all accusations of sexual assault seriously and this is no exception.
I know Matthew has undergone an accountability process for the accusation that was brought up.
In my post I simply intended to validate the experience of the accuser but I cannot speak on all the details of the accusation because I don’t know them.
When I say Matthew Otto’s behaviour was personally obnoxious and distressing at recent shows I was not referring to any knowledge of his behaviour making anyone feel unsafe or harmed.
I’m happy to be approached at any of my shows if someone feels unsafe or is being harmed, by anyone.
Matthew Otto replaced Matthew Duffy in Majical Cloudz in 2011, and remained in the band until they broke up in 2016.