The Killers have said they are “astonished and shocked” about allegations of sexual misconduct taking place on one of their tours.
The band released a statement after a former member of their sound crew detailed the alleged sexual abuse of a woman by stage crew on one of the band’s tours in 2009.
Following the allegations, a legal representative for the band issued a statement – confirming they would be launching a thorough investigation into the alleged incident.
“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,” the statement reads.
“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.”
“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 band are astonished and shocked by these claims. The behaviour attributed to them and their crew is unrecognisable and in direct opposition to the principles with which they run their workplace.”
The allegations were shared online by a Twitter user named Chez Cherrie, who claims she worked as a sound engineer on their 2009 tour of the US.
According to the BBC, Chez alleged that members of the crew took turns to have sexual activity with a woman who was “passed out” in a dressing room.
In a blog post, she wrote: “We were about half way through our load-in when the FOH [front of house] engineer came over radio and said, ‘Hey guys, there is a girl set up in Dressing Room A. Put your name on the list outside the door with your radio channel and we’ll call you when it’s your turn’.”
“I continued my loadout, occasionally hearing a name come over the radio to notify them that it was their turn on the train in Dressing Room A.”
She added: “I cried that night in my bunk. I should’ve left the tour. I should’ve spoken up for that woman. I should’ve defended her… and made sure she was okay.”
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