BØRNS denies allegations of sexual misconduct and underage grooming
The 26-year-old pop singer has denied the "disturbing and false allegations" from several women on Twitter saying that all the relationships were legal and consensual.
After a number of sexual misconduct allegations popped up last week across social media, Børns -- aka Garrett Clark Borns -- is denying these "disturbing" claims, and has posted a statement on Instagram to dispute them, Billboard reports.
Recently, numerous Twitter users posted detailed accounts of alleged nonconsensual interactions with the 26-year-old 'Electric Love' singer. The allegations, which were made anonymously, contend that Borns groomed teenaged girls via lengthy social media communications that typically included the sharing of illicit photographs and videos — occasionally when the female involved was just 17 — until the individual in question turned 18, at which point Borns allegedly invited them for a drink and eventually convinced them to have sex with him.
"All of the relationships I have had were legal and consensual," Borns says, referring to the "disturbing and false allegations." He added: "They ended abruptly and that obviously caused hurt feelings, but for anyone to suggest anything beyond that is irresponsible."
Read the full statement below:
Although none of the accusers appear to be alleging anything non-consensual or illegal sexual contact, the stories involve underaged pornography and drinking, alleging that it was all a part of a long-term manipulation by the pop star.
One of the first to level allegations against Borns was Twitter user @kaliforxnia. She said that she met Borns after a gig in 2015. The pair allegedly stayed in touch via social media and arranged to meet up for drinks in Los Angeles a few months later. She says that she expected to be going to a bar but was instead invited to his home.
“Suddenly I became drunk and was completely taken advantage of," @kaliforxnia wrote. "Once everything happened I went to the bathroom and started bleeding. I was completely shocked from the blood and started bleeding and started to get it together and realized what just happened. I blamed myself for that night because I didn’t say no even though I was intoxicated.”
A month later, she says a similar incident occurred in Chicago. She added that he refused to use protection even though she was uncomfortable with it. She tweeted: “I actually let him talk me into using me…again. he did not use protection and didn’t care when I saw I wasn’t comfortable with that and was not on birth control at the time.”
Another user, @alyssaadanile, wrote of her experience when she met BORNS when she was 16. After encountering the singer at a music festival, Borns allegedly invited her to his hotel room and he “began to touch my leg, but I didn’t think anything of it… he began going further up my leg, and started skimming me in other places. I want to add that he also was aware of how old I was, 16, yet he still touched me the way he did.” She went on to accuse the singer of “grooming” her. She said that she sent him photos at his request that made her feel uncomfortable. Borns also asked her to call him “Daddy.”
In a later post, she clarified that the sex was consensual and she was of age at the time. Indeed, none of these accusations appear to be regarding rape, but as CoS points out, the pattern of manipulating young fans into having rough, unprotected sex is well documented on the @exposing_borns Twitter account.
It remains to be seen whether the women behind the accusations intend to press any charges against the singer at this point.
I just wanted to clarify that I did not accuse him of r*pe, the sex was consensual, and happened when I was of age.— Lyss (@alyssaadaniele) September 24, 2018