‘male feminist’ Jamie Kilstein accused of abuse, dropped from label & podcast
Jamie Kilstein, the self-proclaimed "male feminist" comedian and musician, has been removed from the 'Citizen Radio' podcast he cohosted, amid "disturbing allegations." The news of Kilstein's departure first came on the podcast itself on Monday (2/27), where Kilstein said “we’re both busy with new projects and I need a mental health break.” Later that day, however, the podcast's other cohost, Allison Kilkenny, clarified the reasons for Kilstein's departure on Citizen Radio's Facebook:
About Jamie's departure from Citizen Radio: Recently, some disturbing allegations have been brought to my attention entailing several women who have accused Jamie of being manipulative, emotionally abusive, and predatory in his behavior. There had been murmurs of this in the past, but understandably, the women wished to remain anonymous, so I was never able to learn the full scope of what happened until very recently (a couple days ago). I want to be careful with what I say here because I don't want to reveal anyone's identity until they're ready to speak publicly, but one of the victims was someone who worked for the show. Now that I have the full story, I am deeply upset and disturbed by what I've learned. This is why I asked Jamie to leave the show (he agreed) and why he's agreed to seek therapy. I also wanted him to publicly post about what he's done and apologize, but he declined to do that. I also wanted to be very clear in the episode title and description why he was leaving the show. He declined.
So I'm posting here instead.
Without making this about me, I want you all to know I'm furious, crushed, and horrified by all of this. I always believed Citizen Radio was a genuinely safe space, and I'm trying to make it that way again.
I'm so, so sorry for letting anyone down.
Other women have since come forward with their own stories, and Don Giovanni Records, who released Jamie Kilstein & The Agenda's 2016 album A Bit Much, has also severed ties with Kilstein:
I want to let everyone know that moving forward we will no longer be working with Jamie Kilstein on any new material nor will we be distributing/selling the album we previously released from him.
We believe all of the women involved and were able to come to a swift and easy decision without having to hear Jamie's side of the story or anyone else's.
Kilstein was among those booked to play Don Giovanni's festival in Asbury Park last year (along with PS Eliot, Ought, Mirah, Girlpool, Screaming Females, Downtown Boys, Big Eyes, California X, Aye Nako, Worriers, Laura Stevenson, Tenement and many more). The NJ-born artist's name appeared on bills a lot in and around NYC in both the music and comedy worlds.
Kilstein has not made a statement since the allegations.