Grimes Says Multiple Male Producers Have Tried to Blackmail Her Into Having Sex

Grimes says it's difficult for women to get into the music business because it's a "hostile environment"
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Grimes says it's difficult for women to get into the music business because it's a "hostile environment"
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Female struggles in music are well documented, with Kesha recently suing her label and producer, Sony and Dr. Luke respectively, due to allegations of sexual abuse. Now another prominent female artist, Grimes, is further bringing to light the misogynistic nature of the music industry.

In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Grimes, real name Claire Boucher, says that "numerous" male producers have tried to blackmail her into having sex with them. She was commenting on a question dealing with Kesha not being able to get out of her contract, even though she had a strong case against the producer.

"I don’t know enough about the specifics of that situation, because it seems very complicated," said Boucher.

"But I will say that I’ve been in numerous situations where male producers would literally be like, 'We won’t finish the song unless you come back to my hotel room.' If I was younger or in a more financially desperate situation, maybe I would have done that.

"I don’t think there are few female producers because women aren’t interested. It’s difficult for women to get in. It’s a pretty hostile environment."

Earlier this year numerous female members of the music industry revealed their experiences of sexual assault against a publicist and Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino detailed her experience in an essay.