Børns has been accused of sexual misconduct, manipulation and grooming of teenage girls, one of them under the age of 18 when it started, by a series of women. The 26-year-old Garret Clark Borns denies the accusations, calling them “disturbing and false," though describing all interactions as consensual.
The accusations have been compiled by a twitter account Exposing_borns, but we will give you a brief rundown on what three main accusers are alleging. There is a pattern of social media communication either after meeting in person or online, that leads to texts, which could involve soliciting of illicit photographs and then in person meeting to drink and have sex.
One Twitter user @alyssaadaniele recounts her story where she says she met Børns at a festival when she was 16 and struck up a friendship with him there. They started communicating afterwards and this led him to inviting her to his hotel the next day.
Things were friendly, but she says “he began to touch my leg but I didn’t think much of it. As we were watching TV, he began going further up my leg and started skimming me in other places. I want to add that he also was [aware] of how old I was, 16, yet he still touched me the way he did.”
She goes on to recount how he would make her feel special and would make her feel more attached to him as the relationship developed. They continues to talk and things for more explicit where he would write about his fetishes and sex when she was 17. Then after she turned 18, she says, “he got me drunk, started touching me, and we went into his bedroom. The things he did were things I did not want, and it hurt. He was aggressive and controlling and I was so scared of him.”
Another Twitter user Nia (@kaliforxnia) claims to have struck up a friendship with Børns in 2015 after a concert. After months of friendly communication, he invited her to a show in Chicago. She was 19 at the time. Afterwards he invited her to his hotel room and she declined. After the next show, she declined another invitation to his hotel to “Netflix and chill” and then he stopped speaking to her.
They began communicating again and when she was in LA, he invited her out for drinks. The address was actually his place.
“Suddenly I became drunk and was completely taken advantage of,” she wrote. “Once everything happened I went to the bathroom and started bleeding. I was completely shocked from the blood and started to get it together and realized what just happened. I blamed myself for that night because I didn’t say no even though I was intoxicated.”
The next time in Chicago, they met a hotel bar and she recounts how another night led to sex. “One thing led to another and I was filled with a little guilt even though I was a little drunk in the moment because I actually let him talk me into using me….again.” She added, “Also, I’d like to add in that he did not use protection and didn’t care when I said I wasn’t comfortable with that and was not on birth control at the time.”
A third woman, 19-year-old Mathilda, being known as “Hamburg Girl,” speaks of a relationship where he would solicit nudes from her and then flew her out to Hamburg to spend time with him and have sex with him. They spent time together for two days, even in front of the band.
As of now, Børns fall tour is still on and no further comment has been issued. We will keep you posted if more news develops. This is all very disturbing to say the very least.
We reached out to Borns' team for comment and have not received one. We will update the story if we get one.