Note: This article contains descriptions of alleged sexual misconduct.
Sean Tillman, the musician best known by the name of Har Mar Superstar, released a statement tonight after multiple women came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct and harassment, the Star Tribune reports. Tillman denies a woman’s allegations in his statement, but further offers a general apology for his past behavior.
A woman told Star Tribune that Tillman was a friend she trusted ‘completely’ until he reportedly exposed his penis and stabbed her face at his home in 2016. Three people confirmed to the Star Tribune that she told them that story shortly after it allegedly took place.
Tillman “categorically” denied the woman’s claims in a statement tonight, which further included a general apology: “I take these claims extremely seriously. I am very sorry for anyone who feels that I have hurt them. He admitted “behaviors that were harmful, insulting and selfish.” Two other women spoke to the Star Tribune alleged instances of misconduct between 2014 and 2017.
“Several years ago, I began a process of being honest with myself about how, fueled by a toxic mix of alcohol, drugs and arrogant sexuality, I hurt and abandoned people and myself,” he wrote. “I am deeply and sincerely sorry for the damage I have done.” Find his full statement below.
The allegations against Tillman led First Avenue to cancel a scheduled concert by Tillman’s band Heart Bones. “Once we became aware of the allegations, we thought it was the best decision to stop the show until it was accounted for,” the venue said in a statement. “First Avenue takes all allegations of harassment and assault seriously.” Radio station 89.3 the Current no longer plays its music.
Pitchfork has reached out to representatives for Har Mar Superstar for further comment.
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