The Killers' legal team finds "no corroboration" of sexual assault on tour
Final week, The Killers launched an internal investigation into sexual misconduct allegations lodged in opposition to their touring crew. The accusations, made by a sound engineer named Chez Cherrie who was employed to work on the group’s 2009 tour, detailed abusive and misogynistic conduct carried out by The Killers’ highway crew, together with an alleged sexual assault that occurred in a Milwaukee venue dressing room.
Now, in a prolonged assertion, the band’s attorneys, Reynolds & Associates, have revealed the outcomes of their investigation. After intensive interviews with The Killers, touring administration, manufacturing assistants, venue employees, and different related personnel previous and current, the authorized group say they’ve discovered no proof to corroborate Cherrie’s claims.
In response to Cherrie’s account, in 2009, a entrance of home (FOH) engineer advised crew members about “a woman arrange in Dressing Room A” of Rave/Eagles Ballroom in Milwaukee, and mentioned they may put their title on a listing in order to know “when it’s [their] flip.”
Of their thorough evaluation, The Killers’ attorneys say they have been in a position to observe down a “problematic” FOH engineer with a historical past of “poor administration” and a “sequence of sexist remarks and impolite feedback” which “precipitated the feminine crew member on the audio group nice misery.” This worker was terminated in 2013.
Nevertheless, “no corroboration” was discovered relating to the alleged incident in Milwaukee. “It couldn’t be corroborated that there was ever a listing positioned on any door or any ‘line up’ or ‘practice’ in any dressing room,” learn the authorized group’s statements. “In offered statements, employees from the venue in query famous that dressing rooms should not, and have by no means been, labeled alphabetically, and at the moment the dressing rooms have been interconnected and with out doorways. It was additionally established by way of all crew and Tour Administration that upon arrival in any venue the dressing rooms are uniformly labeled with the band’s names.”
Moreover, venue safety confirmed to The Killers’ attorneys that nobody “raised issues a couple of drunk, bare woman within the dressing room.” The venue’s catering group additionally “asserted that they visited all dressing rooms a number of instances all through the day and night as a way to replenish drinks, meals and clear up. They asserted that at no level did they see or hear of a drunk or bare girl in any dressing room and something of the kind would have been instantly radioed to all attending Manufacturing Crew and Venue Safety.”
The Killers’ authorized representatives have been additionally capable of finding “the girl from the Milwaukee present’s visitor checklist who was furnished with ‘after present’ passes from the FOH Engineer.” Cherrie mentioned she “strongly believed it was this feminine visitor of the FOH Engineer who had been left ‘drunk and bare’ in a dressing room.”
However per this feminine visitor’s personal recollection, she and a good friend have been backstage and “didn’t expertise, witness or hear a couple of sexual assault.” She additionally “didn’t witness any ‘practice’ or ‘line up,’ nor have been they left behind within the dressing rooms on the venue.” In reality, she “said that she and the identical good friend attended 2009 Lollapalooza pageant later that 12 months on the band’s manufacturing visitor checklist.”
The investigation additionally discovered that crew members from the 2009 recalled “vulgar language was typically used and that crass jokes have been made and perpetuated every now and then,” however they asserted this “conduct could possibly be attributed to a small faction of crew and never the whole manufacturing.” The authorized group’s assertion added that this type of working setting is “now extraordinarily uncommon” per present crew members. “Tour Administration said that they’ve turn into more and more vigilant on this entrance through the years and offered documentation verifying that aggressive or derogatory language by crew leads to dismissal.”
The Killers’ attorneys concluded their assertion by emphasizing that “All crew and Touring Administration asserted that nothing as alleged had ever been witnessed – or rumored – on any of The Killers excursions, in Milwaukee in 2009 or at every other time.” They continued, “This specific allegation was deeply disturbing to everybody on the touring group they usually unanimously said that they’d have neither ignored nor forgotten an occasion of this nature.”
As a consequence of these allegations, “The Killers plan to take instant motion for future excursions,” together with the institution of an off-site impartial HR contact. “The band imagine there ought to all the time be a simple approach to report a state of affairs that’s regarding to anybody on the highway with them, irrespective of their standing or how briefly they’re becoming a member of for.”
That being mentioned, “They request that if there may be anybody with corroborating info of an occasion as described within the allegation to please contact them. Privateness might be revered.”
In a press release responding to The Killers’ evaluation, Cherrie wrote that she was “grateful that they, as a corporation, have taken my expertise critically and have been moved to research and doubtlessly lead the business in a restorative method so this by no means occurs once more.” Cherrie added that “there are some generalized statements of their launch that I don’t agree with however as I’m not fascinated by naming names and accusing particular individuals publicly, I’m not certain there may be extra to debate right here.”
Discover the complete assertion from Reynolds & Associates together with Cherrie’s response under.
The Killers’ Authorized Group performed an intensive investigation into all allegations together with a prolonged interview with the previous short-term crew member who introduced them ahead. She shared all of her recollections with us and we’re very appreciative of her time. The Killers and their Tour Administration discovered these allegations to be heartbreaking and instructed their Authorized Group to research them vigorously. We’re assured in our findings and categorical our because of everybody who frolicked giving testimony.
What follows is a abstract of the testimony obtained with regard to every allegation and the method by which the Authorized Group have been in a position to examine each. The Killers and their Tour Administration requested that these findings be clearly detailed right here so that their buddies, household and followers will be safe within the data that the intense accusations of sexual misconduct and a sexual assault backstage on the Rave in 2009 have been found to be solely unfounded.
It was confirmed that the audio technician who made the allegation joined The Killers’ crew in 2009 for a interval of three weeks starting in April. Crew members from that leg of the tour, the band, Tour Administration, Manufacturing and Band Assistants, third celebration distributors, short-term contracted audio crew, Venue Workers and Safety, Catering Crew, and company of the touring celebration from the venue in Milwaukee have been contacted for testimony.
It was established that this short-term audio technician acquired a lot of the knowledge she shared from a second or third hand supply. She confirmed that she didn’t witness the alleged occasions herself. It was confirmed that she didn’t work together with any band members on the tour, nor might she recall ever coming into contact with the Tour Administration group or (feminine) Manufacturing and Band Assistant. She was unable to determine who the Tour Administration group have been on the time however was in a position to determine her instant superiors within the Manufacturing Crew and a few of her crew colleagues.
The Authorized Group have been in a position to set up former entrance of home (FOH) Engineer for the band – who was accountable to direct the audio crew and subsequently one in every of her superiors – was a problematic workmate. He was recognized by a number of of the crew in attendance as such and it was confirmed that his therapy of others on the tour was ceaselessly deemed unfair by those that witnessed it. It was the Authorized Group’s evaluation sample of poor administration by this particular person, and a sequence of sexist remarks and impolite feedback, precipitated the feminine crew member on the audio group nice misery. One of these conduct is taken into account unacceptable by The Killers and their group. This FOH Engineer was terminated from the touring group in 2013.
It was not verified however assessed as possible that the purported “bonus” or “incentive” system was mentioned in entrance of the feminine audio crew member throughout her time on the tour. She didn’t hear something of this purported system from any of the musicians or from Tour Administration. She was unable to specify which musician this “bonus” system was offered for, and said that she didn’t see any “bonus” system change in motion throughout her time with the band. It was asserted to the Authorized Group by everybody interviewed, together with a number of crew members that the concept of the band paying them additional to “convey again ladies” or “have one ready within the bathe” and many others. was an in-joke based mostly upon city legends of excursions from an earlier period – i.e. roadie folklore – and never one thing any of them truly did, have been ever requested to do, or ever tried to do. It was confirmed by the band members themselves that this was not something any of them had ever completed. The allegation of a woman being delivered to the tour bus as a “birthday deal with” for one of many band members couldn’t be corroborated. Not one of the band members – or the extra touring musicians who joined them on that run – have birthdays in the time-frame the feminine audio technician was with the tour. However the foregoing, we recognize that this former (short-term) crew member introduced her issues about these rumors to our consideration.
It was confirmed by way of touring data that the band and extra touring musicians have been divided evenly between two buses. No Flowers members of the family have been current on the tour. It couldn’t be corroborated that any band member or touring musician ever frolicked on the crew bus. The short-term crew member who made the allegations was unable to determine any particular band member as being current on the crew bus. The band, and extra touring musicians on the highway with them at the moment, asserted they didn’t enter the crew bus at any time. Not one of the attending tour celebration might recall ever seeing a band member on a crew bus. One of many touring musicians from that point handed away in 2012 however the Authorized Group was unable to search out any witness to him being current on the crew bus.
It was established that the radio transmissions a couple of ‘line up’ in ‘Dressing Room A’ was broadcast by the aforementioned FOH Engineer on the audio group’s radio channel solely. The remainder of the touring celebration – together with band and Tour Administration – didn’t hear this broadcast. This was reported to the Authorized Group by crew members who heard it as being FOH engineer’s try at a joke or a “hazing” – both directed at members of the audio crew, who have been busy loading out outdoors the venue, or for the leisure of company he had invited to the present and have been with him on the time of his broadcast.
It couldn’t be corroborated that there was ever a listing positioned on any door or any ‘line up’ or ‘practice’ in any dressing room. In offered statements, employees from the venue in query famous that dressing rooms should not, and have by no means been, labeled alphabetically, and at the moment the dressing rooms have been interconnected and with out doorways. It was additionally established by way of all crew and Tour Administration that upon arrival in any venue the dressing rooms are uniformly labeled with the band’s names. They don’t alphabetize the dressing rooms and they’re by no means referred to alphabetically on radio or in any other case. Venue Safety asserted that nobody from the venue chased down a departing bus or raised issues a couple of drunk, bare woman within the dressing room. Venue Catering asserted that they visited all dressing rooms a number of instances all through the day and night as a way to replenish drinks, meals and clear up. They asserted that at no level did they see or hear of a drunk or bare girl in any dressing room and something of the kind would have been instantly radioed to all attending Manufacturing Crew and Venue Safety.
By way of touring data the Authorized Group have been in a position to hint the girl from the Milwaukee present’s visitor checklist who was furnished with “after present” passes from the FOH Engineer and make sure together with her that she didn’t expertise, witness or hear a couple of sexual assault. The short-term audio technician indicated to us in her interview she strongly believed it was this feminine visitor of the FOH Engineer who had been left “drunk and bare” in a dressing room. The visitor in query confirmed that she and her good friend have been backstage after the present, didn’t witness any ‘practice’ or ‘line up,’ nor have been they left behind within the dressing rooms on the venue. She said that she and the identical good friend attended 2009 Lollapalooza pageant later that 12 months on the band’s manufacturing visitor checklist.
The band’s longtime Assistant Tour Supervisor (2008 – 2019) asserted that she had by no means heard something so surprising in relation to touring with the band. She said she had by no means felt unsafe or witnessed any conduct that will trigger her to query the integrity of the band or crew. Tour Administration asserted that as unofficial coverage nobody has ever knowingly been left behind in a dressing room in misery. The manufacturing wouldn’t depart a venue with out ensuring dressing rooms have been clear. They asserted that anybody discovered disorientated or intoxicated could be helped residence they usually have prior to now enlisted native Venue Safety to supply take care of company who required any help.
All crew and Touring Administration asserted that nothing as alleged had ever been witnessed – or rumored – on any of The Killers excursions, in Milwaukee in 2009 or at every other time. This specific allegation was deeply disturbing to everybody on the touring group they usually unanimously said that they’d have neither ignored nor forgotten an occasion of this nature.
The Authorized Group have been unable to search out any corroboration in any way of a sexual assault on the Milwaukee venue. They request that if there may be anybody with corroborating info of an occasion as described within the allegation to please contact them. Privateness might be revered.
It was ascertained that The Killers very ceaselessly have ladies working with them in varied roles, together with on the 2009 tour. Particular to the 2009 tour, a few of the touring crew recalled that vulgar language was typically used and that crass jokes have been made and perpetuated every now and then. They asserted that this conduct could possibly be attributed to a small faction of crew and never the whole manufacturing. A number of present crew members said that crude language of this kind is now extraordinarily uncommon. Tour Administration said that they’ve turn into more and more vigilant on this entrance through the years and offered documentation verifying that aggressive or derogatory language by crew leads to dismissal. Tour Administration and band members acknowledge that sexual language will be weaponized to make ladies really feel unsafe in a predominantly male setting. They take into account continued vigilance on this problem to be their duty
The Killers and their group are dedicated to a protected and inclusive house for everybody while on the highway. Whereas many third celebration vendor crew cycle out and in from tour to tour, many of the band’s present core touring crew have been with them for over a decade and every said these allegations are fully unrecognizable to their working setting. Band and crew asserted that the conduct attributed to them in these allegations is in direct opposition to their rules and wouldn’t be tolerated by anybody on their group. The band and Tour Administration expressed nice remorse that the expertise of the short-term feminine audio technician had not been delivered to their consideration in the course of the brief run she was with them, or certainly at any time within the eleven years since, so that they could have handled these points instantly and addressed any questions or issues she had in regards to the band and crew’s conduct.
As a consequence of these allegations, and the very clear perception that this short-term crew member felt she had nowhere to show together with her issues on the time, The Killers plan to take instant motion for future excursions. The band imagine there ought to all the time be a simple approach to report a state of affairs that’s regarding to anybody on the highway with them, irrespective of their standing or how briefly they’re becoming a member of for. They expressed remorse that the short-term crew member was made to really feel unsafe and bullied throughout her transient time with the band and perceive that it isn’t all the time possible for touring crew to lift issues with their instant superiors.
The workings of a big scale tour contain many individuals, together with ceaselessly rotating vendor crew who don’t have any contact with Tour Administration. Sometimes there isn’t a formal HR construction on any tour, nonetheless giant scale, and all crew are managed by their instant superior or Division Group Chief. All highway crew and distributors are given an eTourbook/Itinerary with contact numbers for the whole touring celebration – together with Tour Administration, Band Administration, Reserving Agent and native Promoters. The Killers have directed their group to determine a brand new system whereby the whole touring celebration are furnished with an off-site impartial HR contact to name to report issues of any nature, anonymously if they want. This phone quantity might be accessible to everybody touring with the band, employees or impartial vendor. This quantity can even be displayed within the Manufacturing Workplace at their exhibits. All issues might be handled swiftly by band administration.
The Killers want to take this chance to guarantee their followers – and the households of their present crew – that their excursions are a protected, familial working setting. They prolong their because of crew previous and current, in addition to all different witnesses, for offering swift testimony to their Authorized Group.
My full assertion to the bbc in response to The Killers’ press launch pic.twitter.com/ZepmKZCsTS
— Chez Cherrie (@ofcherrie) August 3, 2020
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