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Queer Duo PWR BTTM Respond to Sexual Abuse Allegations

Thursday May 11, 2017

A member of the queer punk duo PWR BTTM was accused of sexual assault in a closed Facebook group called DYI Chicago, Stereogum reports.

The DYI Chicago member alleged Ben Hopkins is a "known sexual predator, perpetrator of multiple assaults" urging members of the community not allow the band in venues and safe spaces. The user also shared a photo of Hopkins posing next to a swastika drawn in the stand at a beach apparently taken in 2011.

Twitter user @ _mcampnh took a screenshot of the Facebook user's allegation and shared it on social media.

Stereogum points out Hopkins addressed the photo in when it began circulating online last December.

PWR BTTM, who will release a new album "Pageant" Friday, responded to the sexual abuse allegations Thursday with a lengthy Facebook statement. Read it in full below.


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