Har Mar Superstar apologizes after sexual assault allegations

Sean Tillman, who acted as the Har Mar Superstar in 2008.

Sean Tillman, who acted as the Har Mar Superstar in 2008.
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[Note: This article contains descriptions of sexual assault.]

In a piece published today by Minnesota Star Tribune, and in a social media statement Written by multiple “ survivors and allies, ” musician Sean Tillman – best known for his performance as Har Mar Superstar – has been accused of sexually inappropriate behavior and comments. The Stand The piece also outlines several incidents of alleged assault, including one in which Tillman followed a woman to a bathroom and kissed her forcibly, another in which he exposed himself and shoved his penis into a woman’s face, and a third in which he trapped his hands pushed a woman’s face. women’s pants. The majority of women accusing these incidents have remained anonymous at this time, but the statement on social media makes it clear that “The assaults experienced by 7 survivors so far ranged from targeted inappropriate sexual comments and grooming to physical assault . “

Tillman has responded to the allegations by issuing a statement denying the details of a specific incident – that according to the Stand, took place in 2016 and led to several other women coming forward – while offering a general apology to the “brave women” who came forward to speak about how I treated them, including behavior that was harmful, insulting and selfish . While taking care not to blame drugs and alcohol for his behavior, Tillman views his struggles with substance abuse as contributing to his behavior towards women in the period described. Beyond the 2016 incident, of which he says it “just didn’t happen that way,” Tillman’s statement avoids going directly into the other allegations against him.

The Minneapolis music community, where Tillman emerged before achieving more global success, has already begun to take action over the allegations against him. According to the Stand, the city’s First Avenue nightclub has plans to sell tickets to an upcoming show from Tillman’s band Heart Bones, and local radio station 89.3 The Current has taken its music off the rotation.