The Growlers Accused of Misconduct by Starcrawler’s Arrow de Wilde, Issue Apology

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de Wilde says the Growlers filmed her and laughed as she was assaulted by a male stripper employed by the band

The Growlers Brooks Nielsen in concert
The Growlers’ Brooks Nielsen, September 2019 (Scott Legato/Getty Images)

Note: This article accommodates descriptions of alleged assault.

Arrow de Wilde, lead singer of the rock band Starcrawler, has come ahead with misconduct allegations concerning the Growlers. In a statement posted on Instagram yesterday (July 30), de Wilde wrote about an incident that she stated occurred in January whereas her band was on tour with the Growlers in Australia. According to the assertion, the Growlers paid for a male stripper, who de Wilde stated assaulted her in a locked backstage room. She claimed the Growlers stood round her, filmed the incident, and laughed whereas she made repeated makes an attempt to take away herself from the state of affairs.

“After reading a lot of other terrible experiences girls had with them years ago, I wanted to write this to let people know that this shit is still happening,” de Wilde wrote. “While none of the Growlers band members assaulted me directly, they hired someone else to for their enjoyment.” Her Starcrawler bandmate Henri Cash advised Pitchfork that he witnessed the quick aftermath of the occasions de Wilde described. The Growlers’ lead singer and co-founder Brooks Nielsen has apologized for the incident in a press release right this moment.

de Wilde wrote that on the finish of Starcrawler’s efficiency at a present in Melbourne, she exited the stage whereas her band saved taking part in. “I entered the dressing room and was immediately ushered onto a couch,” she writes, including that she “barely had a moment to catch my breath (drenched in sweat & fake blood), when all of a sudden a dude in a paramedic uniform bursts into the room.” She continued:

Soon after he bursts into the room, he rips off his uniform and music
begins taking part in. I spotted then, it’s a male stripper & start to chuckle
because it actually was fairly humorous to me at first.

de Wilde added that her bandmates tried to get backstage, however the doorways had been locked (a element she came upon later). “The stripper, giant muscles and all, grabbed me, put me in a chair, and started to give me a lapdance,” she writes. The humor pale fairly quick when it simply wouldn’t finish. I swear it went on for nearly ten minutes.” de Wilde added:

Every time I attempted to rise up he pushed me again down. It began to
really feel increasingly more degrading as every layer of clothes peeled off his
physique, the Growlers simply continued to chuckle and movie the entire thing.
Soon he was right down to a speedo and I knew the place it was headed.

I closed my eyes and put my arms over my face as I felt his naked dick
and balls rubbing and urgent in opposition to my chest and face as he
continued to carry me down. I began to really feel actually panicked. My coronary heart
was beating so quick. I’ve by no means seen a striptease like this earlier than.
Everyone within the Growlers have been standing throughout me, laughing and
taking movies the entire time, nobody ever stepped in. Once it was
lastly over, I ran to the toilet to gather myself (aka cry) and
wash the dick off my face. Everyone was nonetheless laughing and rewatching
the movies to see my facial features, speaking about how “shocked” I