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.
In April, a girl posted on Reddit that she was assaulted by Pearson across the time of Dance Gavin Dance’s Swanfest. The lady 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 severely, and I wish to firmly reiterate that there was no second of something occurring that was not consensual.” However he additionally added, “My basic way of thinking surrounding the weekend was full of grief, and I used to be leaning on alcohol as a crutch to get me via it.”
Nevertheless, hours later one other girl stepped ahead, sharing her personal 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 occasions that she didn’t wish 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 are going to soldier on with their touring obligations, as they beforehand determined to do following Tim Feerick’s loss of life:
“The latest allegations in opposition to Tilian are one thing we take very severely, and we have now been in deep dialogue relating to the suitable motion. Efficient instantly, Tilian can be stepping away from the band in an effort 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 onerous on this album, and it is usually the final recorded physique of labor from Tim – we wish to be certain we give it the total launch consideration that it deserves to honor his legacy. We all know that this can be a very upsetting and making an attempt state of affairs for all these affected, and we ask individuals to please be as understanding as attainable whereas everybody works via this. We respect you at all times.”
Dance Gavin Dance not too long ago accomplished a headlining tour, and are subsequent slated to assist Coheed and Cambria on a summer time US outing.
— Dance Gavin Dance (@DGDtheband) June 3, 2022