The Killers Respond to Tour Sexual Misconduct Claims
The band's crew have been accused of abusive and misogynist behaviour
"First and foremost, any allegations of inappropriate behaviour by anyone on the Killers touring team are taken extremely seriously by the band and their management," a legal representative for the band told the BBC.
The allegations were first raised in a blog post authored by Twitter user Chez Cherrie, who worked as a sound tech for a production company hired for a Killers tour in 2009. Her post recalls abusive and misogynist behaviour from the band's touring crew, in addition to details of an alleged assault during a tour stop in Milwaukee.
Cherrie later explained that the post was originally written in 2015 for publication through SoundGirls, though editors declined to run it. It was then published in 2018 without mention of the Killers by name, leading to Cherrie's tweets that named the band.
"This person's story is appalling and, while the Killers do not have the same touring crew in 2020 that they had earlier in their career, they will be conducting a thorough investigation into past and present tour staff," the band's representative said. "Their legal team will be reaching out to this person for more information and clarity on the alleged incidents as detailed, as well as to the audio vendor who provided crew for the tour."
The rep concluded: "The band are astonished and shocked by these claims. The behaviour attributed to them and their crew is unrecognizable and in direct opposition to the principles with which they run their workplace."
The Killers are due to release new album Imploding the Mirage on August 21 through Island Records. The effort features collaborations with k.d. lang, Weyes Blood, the War on Drugs' Adam Granduciel, Blake Mills and Lucius.
Trigger warning. This is my story. I was a tech for the largest sound company in the world working for one of the biggest bands in the world (still).— Chez Cherrie (@ofcherrie) July 28, 2020
I've never had any sort of justice. I wonder about her all the time.
Please share my story about my time with THE KILLERS. https://t.co/SlELWD6aje
People seem to be confused about how this blog entry came to be. I wrote it when I was blogging for https://t.co/27vuYlxQYp in 2015 describing a moment early in my career with touring. They ultimately decided not to publish it during the height of #MeToo because it was too hard.— Chez Cherrie (@ofcherrie) July 29, 2020
Not that I feel the need to explain myself to anyone really, but this was 2009.— Chez Cherrie (@ofcherrie) July 29, 2020
I'm not sure why it's hard to believe I would be the only woman in a business that's horribly misogynist when current numbers show we make up less than 5% of the industry. But hey, you do you.
Context: me submitting the blog to Soundgirls in 2015, click through to the draft, soundgirl's response to me before reading the blog & then their response after reading.— Chez Cherrie (@ofcherrie) July 29, 2020
Go ask Soundgirls if you need this corroborated. It's still sitting in their inbox & grammarly history. pic.twitter.com/xiajYwxWkZ