Feist Quits Arcade Fire Tour Following Win Butler Assault Allegations

Canadian musician Leslie Feist said on Thursday she was quitting the Arcade Fire tour due to sexual assault allegations against singer Win Butler.

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The singer was scheduled to open for Arcade Fire during their entire European tour, which is due to end in Warsaw, Poland on October 1. The band will then kick off the North American leg of their tour on October 27, with a final show scheduled for Montreal on December 3.

The tour began just days after US magazine Pitchfork published an article with allegations that the 42-year-old musician engaged in inappropriate sexual interactions with four people from 2015 to 2020.

Three women and one non-binary person explained that they experienced inappropriate sexual interactions due to their young age and the context in which they allegedly occurred.

In an Instagram post, Feist wrote that the allegations “ignited a conversation that’s bigger than me, it’s bigger than my songs and it’s definitely bigger than any rock and roll tour.”

In her post, she writes that she first heard the allegations after rehearsing with her band in Dublin. “It’s been incredibly difficult for me and I can’t imagine how much more difficult it has been for the people who have come forward,” she said. More than anything, I wish healing to those involved.”

In her lengthy post, Feist also wrote that she’s had conversations with many people since the allegations surfaced over the weekend. “We all have a story on a spectrum from basic toxic masculinity to pervasive misogyny to being physically, psychologically, emotionally and sexually assaulted.” The best decision for herself, her band and her family was to leave the tour: “I can’t continue.”

Leslie Feist, present at the first two shows of the tour, had decided to donate all profits from the sale of merchandise to Women’s Aid Dublin, an organization that helps women victims of domestic violence

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