The Long List of Music Industry Figures Accused of Sexual Misconduct

You think I enjoyed finding out the frontman of Brand New was accused of sexually exploited two minors? No. I grew up on that band. But goddamn it, I’m glad I know. There’s this change in the air and though it’s sickening, it’s amazing.

So many bands I love have been accused of sexual assault that I’ve lost count. To make it easier for myself and other fans, I realized I had to make a list.

Men are finally being exposed for their inexcusable behavior. This isn’t really news to most women, but the media is finally catching on. Don’t get me wrong: we’re still light-years away from where we need to be, but this is a start. It feels like the stronghold of the patriarchy that’s silenced women for so long has finally starting to loosen.

This came to my attention in Pinegrove’s Evan Hall’s apology. Though it sounds like he’s been a real dirtbag, he actually provided a pretty good apology. In no way am I saying this guy deserves sympathy, but it was assuring to see that he not only owned up to his actions, he did it in a way that didn’t accuse or expose the victim, he took complete responsibility for his actions and provided an actual plan of action towards fixing this issue.

It’s crazy how men now have to worry that everything they do might be misconstrued as sexual advances… Oh wait guys, that’s what us ladies have been dealing with forever. The time has come to expose all these entitled creeps. It’s time to learn a thing or two, boys.

Below, in order from more recent to older accusations, is a list of men in the music industry who have been accused of sexual assault. And, to be honest, this list is just scratching the surface. Plan on checking back: we’re going to update this list as more bad news comes out.

Nick Carter (Backstreet Boys)

Accused of rape

Evan Stephens Hall (Pinegrove)

Accused of sexual coercion

Jesse Lacey (Brand New)

Accused of sexual abuse and solicitation of explicit photographs from a minor

Ben Hopkins (PWR BTTM)

Accused of sexual assault

Matt Mondanile (Real Estate/Ducktails)

Accused of sexual assault

Alex Calder (solo artist)

Accused of sexual assault

Ruben Gallego (Beach Slang)

Accused of sexual assault

Ethan Kath (Crystal Castles)

Accused of sexual assault and abuse of former bandmate Alice Glass

Jake McElfresh (Front Porch Step)

Accused of lascivious communication with underage girls

Ian Watkins (Lostprophets)

Currently in prison for multiple sexual offenses

Heathcliff Berru (publicist)

Accused of sexual assault and harassment

Kirt Webster (publicist)

Accused of sexual assault

Twiggy Ramirez (Marilyn Manson)

Accused of rape

William Bensussen (Gaslamp Killer)

Accused of rape

Dr. Luke (Producer)

Accused of sexually, physically, verbally, and emotionally abusing the singer Kesha.

R. Kelly

Accused of several sexual relationships with teens

Luke Rockets (With Confidence)

Accused of sexual harassment of a minor

Glenn Harvey (Moose Blood)

Accused of sexual assault

Shaun White (Bad Things)

Accused of sexual assault

The Red Hot Chili Peppers

Band members accused of sexual harassment

Russell Simmons (Def Jam Recordings)

Accused of sexual misconduct