False issue new statement on Jimmy Claypool allegations; Panopticon & Vile Creature cut ties too
Earlier this week, Minneapolis black metal band False broke up following allegations of sexual assault against one of their members, though they did not mention which member. Now, the band has issued a longer statement, revealing that the member was Jimmy Claypool, and that they hadn't named him at first "so that [they] could honor the requests of the survivor who contacted [them] initially."
They say, "A survivor requested that Jimmy himself be the one to come forward and admit that he preyed upon drunk women, and violated consent and specific boundaries. Unfortunately he is unable to do this at this time, as of Saturday he has been institutionalized for his own safety and health which is where he currently remains. We recognize that not naming him immediately has caused confusion and the appearance of us sheltering an abuser, and we apologize for putting that impression forwards, it was not our intention."
False also add that they since "learned of more instances of Jimmy's reprehensible behavior from multiple sources." You can read the band's full statement below.
Jimmy is also a live member of Louisville black metal band Panopticon, and they also posted a statement, which reads: "In response to recent accusations surrounding Jimmy/False, we will not be moving forward with him as a fill-in live guitarist. Our hearts are broken over these revelations. We want to express our deepest condolences to those who were hurt by this - especially the survivors. We are devastated."
Vile Creature, whose song "Forest, Subsists as a Tomb" features Jimmy, tweeted, "Jimmy Claypool played a part on the song Forest, Subsists as a Tomb from Cast of Static and Smoke. We will no longer play that song live & all further $$ from streams/purchases of the song will be donated to sexual assault survivor support initiatives. Believe survivors."
Prior to entering the institution that False spoke of, Jimmy had posted a story on his personal Facebook about being raped by his neighbor when he was nine years old. "I’m sharing my story now in light of ongoing discussions surrounding the music community at large and abuse," he wrote. "Us as artists need to recognize the power we hold in these spaces. Social capital isn’t overt power in the sense of keeping someone down with a boot, but there are still power dynamics that artists need to do a better job of being critical of while taking space in their respective communities. That includes myself as an artist, promoter, trainer, etc."
In a followup post, Jimmy wrote, "I wanted to say I apologize and own up to any past behaviors where I hurt anyone, made them to feel creeped out/uncomfortable or any indiscretions on my part. I am open to mediation or what those accountability processes might entail."
Here is False's full statement:
Our bandmate Jimmy Claypool has been accused of sexual assault from multiple survivors and we believe and stand with them. Yesterday we made a statement that did not name Jimmy as the abuser, and it was done so that we could honor the requests of the survivor who contacted us initially. A survivor requested that Jimmy himself be the one to come forward and admit that he preyed upon drunk women, and violated consent and specific boundaries. Unfortunately he is unable to do this at this time, as of Saturday he has been institutionalized for his own safety and health which is where he currently remains. We recognize that not naming him immediately has caused confusion and the appearance of us sheltering an abuser, and we apologize for putting that impression forwards, it was not our intention.
As yesterday unfolded we learned of more instances of Jimmy's reprehensible behavior from multiple sources, and we believe them all. We as a group are taking time to process and unpack the fact that for the past 10 years we have enabled and been blind to a manipulator and abuser of this magnitude. These feelings are ours to unpack as a group and in private, as we are dedicated to centering the voices of the survivors and doing what we can to make sure their preferences are honored with accountability, honesty and integrity. Please don’t be sad about our band being gone, instead please focus that energy on supporting the brave survivors.
It has also come to our attention that there are worries that Rachel has known about Jimmy's abuses and ignored them, she would like to address this specifically:
From Rachel: "While on vacation 4 years ago I was approached by an individual from Minneapolis. They told me that Jimmy was shitty to them and I didn’t delve into it further than that. I called Jimmy and told him about this and asked him to deal with it. Sexual assault was not mentioned and if it had been, I would have handled the situation much differently, and with more severity. That will not happen again. I believe and stand with the survivors.”
We want to make sure it is clear that if people are comfortable coming forward to us with more information we are here to listen, learn, and move forward in a way that helps you heal. We are here to hold Jimmy accountable and to be accountable ourselves for the part we played.
Skorpiain, Niko, Travis, Rachel and Kishel
If you or someone you know is a victim of sexual assault, you can call the National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline 24/7 at 800.656.HOPE (4673). More info at RAINN.org.