The music business was scratching its head when news broke on Monday that FYF Fest founder Sean Carlson was ousted from the festival by Goldenvoice, which owned the festival. No reason was given at the time, but now there is a very good reason. In a bombshell report, he has been accused of sexually assaulting four different women from 2010 to 2015.
As reported by Spin, the four incidents from 2010 to 2015 with four different women at four different locations outline the extent of what Carlson would do to abuse women. According to the women, he had a habit of cornering the women, making inappropriate advances at them, unwanted touching and trying to make out with them.
One particularly awful experience was at a 2013 house party, he barged into a bathroom on a woman, Beth, peeing and demanded she “kiss his penis.” He blocked the door for some time and allegedly lifted her dress and touched her butt with his erect penis. When she escaped the bathroom, he allegedly grabbed her wrists and pinned her down on a couch. This was only interrupted when someone opened a nearby door and she was able to wriggle free.
Beth initially filed a police report, but never pressed charges because of how long the process would take. The other women said they did not initially say anything for fear of professional retribution from FYF Fest and Goldenvoice.
The third incident he is accused of is by a “Sarah,” an artist manager and freelancer. He allegedly followed her around a party and attempted to force his way into the bathroom at a spring 2015 party in LA. She was able to fend him off there, but in an Uber, attempted to make out with her and groped her thighs and breasts.
In a statement to Spin, Carlson says he is “genuinely, unequivocally sorry” for his actions. He admits one of the incidents is true and another with "Sarah" is generally true, but denies the details of two others, notably the one with Beth.
“In December 2015, my years of recklessness and selfishness hit a breaking point; I had to make a promise to family and friends that I would change, or risk finally exhausting what remained of their compassion and support,” he says in his statement. “I gave up alcohol for good, I embraced therapy, and I asked, sincerely, that my family and friends forgive me. Nevertheless, these corrective actions do not excuse my reprehensible conduct, and are small solace to those whose pain I am so sorry to have caused.”
In a post Harvey Weinstein world, victims of sexual assault are starting to feel emboldened to speak up. Many times, those who are abusers don’t just have one victim, so the day of reckoning is coming for those is music like what is happening in Hollywood. Where there are men in positions in power dominating over others eager to get into few positions, this has tragically happened. Take them down.