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Beck exits Arcade Fire’s US tour amid Win Butler sexual misconduct allegations

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Beck has exited Arcade Fire‘s U.S. tour.

The “Loser” artist was set to perform an acoustic set as the opener on the tour, but, according to Variety, those who purchased tickets to the upcoming shows received an email informing them that Beck will “unfortunately no longer able to join Arcade Fire on their upcoming North American tour.”

The news comes after four people accused Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler of sexual misconduct in a report Pitchfork published in August.

The allegations against Butler range from sending unwanted sexually explicit photos and demanding such photos and videos from women to sexual assault. In a statement to Pitchfork, Butler maintained that his encounters with all four accusers were “mutual and always between consenting adults.”

Pitchfork’s report was published just days before Arcade Fire was set to embark on a European tour. While Arcade Fire still went through with the European dates, opener Feist dropped off the bill after two shows.

Beck’s reps declined to comment to Variety. Neither he nor Arcade Fire has publicly commented on the development.

If you are affected by abuse and needing support, or know someone who is, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233, or the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).  You can also chat online at thehotline.org or online.rainn.org, respectively. 

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