The Gaslamp Killer Issues Statement Denying Rape Allegations

The DJ has been dropped from the Low End Theory roster
The Gaslamp Killer Issues Statement Denying Rape Allegations
Last night (October 12), Twitter user @chelseaelaynne detailed some harrowing rape allegations against former Brainfeeder artist the Gaslamp Killer. In her detailed account, she said the performer drugged and raped her and a friend. Now, the Gaslamp Killer (a.k.a. William Benjamin Bensussen) has issued a statement in response to the very serious allegations.

In a screenshot of text posted to Twitter, the Gaslamp Killer claimed that he engaged with consensual sex with Chelsea and her friend RaeAn on July 5, 2013. 

"Allegations carry a lot of weight on social media these days, and the bravery of women who expose their stories can create necessary dialogue that leads to real change," he wrote. "But Chelsea's version of the story is not true."

Read the Gaslamp Killer's statement below.
 

In the wake of the allegations, the Gaslamp Killer's concert tonight (October 13) at the Low End Theory party at the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival has been cancelled by organizers. The festival issued the following statement:

Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival has chosen to cancel the Low End Theory show. This is not the appropriate time to present these artists in light of the allegations that were made last night.

We apologize to our venue partner, Paper Box. As an independent festival we appreciate our independent venue partners and are concerned by the issues a cancellation causes a small business. We encourage everyone to please continue to support this venue.

Throughout the rest of the festival weekend we'll remain focused on creating great energy and a safe environment for artists and fans alike.

Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival endeavors to support music and fans mindfully


UPDATE (10/13, 3:30 p.m. EDT): Low End Theory, the popular Los Angeles beat music showcase that has worked heavily with the Gaslamp Killer, has decided to part ways with the artist. Its statement reads as follows:

UPDATE (4:30 p.m. EST): Brainfeeder, the label that had previously worked with the Gaslamp Killer, distanced themselves from the artist, pointing out that they haven't released his material in five years:



In case you missed it, here's Chelsea's (extremely graphic) account of the evening in question: