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 lady 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 along with her.
Pearson responded to the allegations on Reddit, saying, partly, “I take the topic of sexual assault severely, and I wish to firmly reiterate that there was no second of something occurring that was not consensual.” However he additionally added, “My normal way of thinking surrounding the weekend was crammed with grief, and I used to be leaning on alcohol as a crutch to get me by way of it.”
Nonetheless, hours later one other lady stepped ahead, sharing her expertise with Pearson on Reddit. This lady 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 wish to have sexual activity.
On Friday (June third), Dance Gavin Dance introduced through Twitter that Pearson was stepping away from the band within the wake of the allegations, whereas mentioning that they are going to soldier on with their touring obligations, as they beforehand determined to do following Tim Feerick’s loss of life:
“The current allegations in opposition to Tilian are one thing we take very severely, and we now have been in deep dialogue relating to the suitable motion. Efficient instantly, Tilian can be stepping away from the band with a purpose to search skilled assist. Jon, Will, Matt, and Andrew will proceed on with all at present scheduled excursions. The band may even be continuing with the discharge of [new album] Jackpot Juicer as deliberate. All of us labored extremely laborious on this album, and it’s also the final recorded physique of labor from Tim – we wish to make sure we give it the total 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 folks to please be as understanding as attainable whereas everybody works by way of this. We respect you at all times.”
Dance Gavin Dance just lately accomplished a headlining tour, and are subsequent slated to help Coheed and Cambria on a summer time US outing.
— Dance Gavin Dance (@DGDtheband) June 3, 2022