"The Orwells have disbanded": Chicago band announce break up amidst sexual harassment allegations
The news about the dismantling of the band was confirmed via social media on Wednesday with a simple message: "The Orwells have disbanded".
Just two days back social media was buzzing with explosive accounts and complaints of sexual misconduct, made against the members of The Orwells, a Chicago-based rock band. While the charges were dismissed as "baseless" and "unfounded" at the time, it has now emerged that the band has officially broken up amidst the brewing controversy.
The news about the dismantling of the band was confirmed via social media on Wednesday, 29 August with a simple message: "The Orwells have disbanded". The decision seems to have been taken in the wake of the recent wave of allegations from multiple fans and online users, who bombarded Twitter with their stories of personal ordeals at the hands of the band members namely - Mario Cuomo, Grant Brinner, and Henry Brinner.
The Orwells have disbanded— The Orwells (@TheOrwells) August 29, 2018
The charges, mostly serious in nature, were raised following a concert announcement, featuring the Orwells, by the Chicago music venue, Metro. With more and more people coming forward with their accounts of abuse, online users have reportedly started a Google document as well, gathering accounts of harassment from the accusers.
In the light of this recent barrage of allegations, The Orwells were also forced to cancel their hometown show in Chicago. However, the band members continue to maintain a united stand as far as the sexual abuse claims are concerned.
In a statement released to Paste earlier, they said: "It’s come to our attention that certain allegations of abuse have been made against one or more of us on social media and in social circles of Chicago. We’d like to first state that sexual abuse in any form is abhorrent. We do not take these accusations lightly and consider this matter incredibly serious. We emphatically deny these baseless allegations brought as a personal attack against us."
Out of respect to our friends at the Metro we will be cancelling our November show. All ticket buyers will be refunded immediately.— The Orwells (@TheOrwells) August 27, 2018
"While callow altercations and vulgar language we’ve used in the past must be recognized and owned up to, the accusations of sexual assault are completely unfounded. No member of this band has ever acted without consent or maliciously taken advantage of anyone. We encourage anyone who’s been affected by sexual abuse to speak up and make their abusers known; however we also encourage everyone to be cautious of the things they read and say on the Internet."
The statement added, "No victim of abuse should be hesitant to make their voice heard and if someone does feel that we’ve hurt them, we encourage them to contact us properly and privately (not via social media or anonymously), as to respect their identity."