A fifth individual has spoken out in opposition to Win Butler, saying she had an “ongoing abusive relationship” with the Arcade Hearth co-leader for 3 years. In a brand new report from Pitchfork, the lady, pseudonymously named Sabina, accused Butler of being “emotionally abusive, manipulative, poisonous, and utilizing his energy dynamic to use my physique at instances that had been handy for him.”
Sabina claimed she met Butler in Montreal in the summertime of 2015, when she was a 22-year-old pupil working at a restaurant. “He met me after I was so susceptible,” Sabina mentioned. “Usually, it was an abusive dynamic. It was actually aggressive and I felt like I simply needed to do what he mentioned. I used to be not likely comfy with a few of the issues he was asking me to do, however doing them anyway. And that’s in the end dehumanizing.”
The article goes on to element how Butler anticipated her to be “accessible for intercourse in any kind” as their relationship developed, making Sabina really feel like she was “only a physique.” Butler would continuously flip textual content conversations towards intercourse and requests for sexually express pictures and pressured her to go away her boyfriend and her roommate to reside alone “with the implication that they might extra simply have intercourse that method,” Sabina claimed.
“In case you are in an emotionally abusive relationship it makes you’re feeling higher to inform your self that this was all for one thing, that their outbursts had been errors and that you just meant one thing to the abuser, that you just nonetheless maintain worth of their eyes…” she concluded. “However the one worth I ever held for him was performing sexual acts every time he needed.”
In a earlier Pitchfork report printed in August, 4 individuals accused Butler of sexual misconduct between 2016 and 2020. Three girls claimed Butler used his standing as a well-known musician to strain them into sexual encounters, and one gender-fluid individual detailed two situations of alleged sexual assault involving undesirable kissing and touching. Butler, who has been married to Arcade Hearth bandmate Régine Chassagne since 2003, admitted to having “relationships exterior of [his] marriage,” however maintained that they had been “consensual.”