Tilian Pearson, the clear vocalist for post-hardcore act Dance Gavin Dance, has stepped away from the band after allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced this week. The information comes lower than two months after the sudden and tragic passing of Dance Gavin Dance bassist Tim Feerick.
First, one girl posted on Reddit that she was assaulted by Pearson across the time of Dance Gavin Dance’s Swanfest in April. The girl detailed a number of encounters that described an erratic and intoxicated Pearson slapping her throughout the face and having forcible intercourse together with her.
Pearson responded to the allegations on Reddit, saying, partially, “I take the topic of sexual assault significantly, and I need to firmly reiterate that there was no second of something occurring that was not consensual.” However he additionally added, “My common frame of mind surrounding the weekend was full of grief, and I used to be leaning on alcohol as a crutch to get me by way of it.”
Nonetheless, hours later one other girl stepped ahead, sharing her expertise with Pearson on Reddit. This girl described herself as a longtime fan of the band who went on a date with Pearson, and located herself being coerced into having intercourse with him, regardless of telling him a number of instances that she didn’t need to have sexual activity.
On Friday (June third), Dance Gavin Dance introduced by way of Twitter that Pearson was stepping away from the band within the wake of the allegations, whereas mentioning that they’ll soldier on with their touring obligations, as they beforehand determined to do following Tim Feerick’s loss of life:
“The latest allegations towards Tilian are one thing we take very significantly, and we have now been in deep dialogue concerning the suitable motion. Efficient instantly, Tilian will probably be stepping away from the band with a purpose to search skilled assist. Jon, Will, Matt, and Andrew will proceed on with all at the moment scheduled excursions. The band can even be continuing with the discharge of [new album] Jackpot Juicer as deliberate. All of us labored extremely laborious on this album, and additionally it is the final recorded physique of labor from Tim – we need to ensure we give it the complete launch consideration that it deserves to honor his legacy. We all know that it is a very upsetting and making an attempt scenario for all these affected, and we ask individuals to please be as understanding as doable whereas everybody works by way of this. We recognize you all the time.”
Dance Gavin Dance lately accomplished a headlining tour, and are subsequent slated to help Coheed and Cambria on a summer season US outing.
— Dance Gavin Dance (@DGDtheband) June 3, 2022