The Killers ‘astonished and shocked’ by allegations of sexual misconduct by touring crew

Alleged incident involving an unconscious woman occurred during a 2009 tour

Adam White
Thursday 30 July 2020 09:24 BST
The Killers perform 'This Charming Man' at Glastonbury

The Killers have said they are “astonished and shocked” by allegations of sexual misconduct committed by their touring crew.

On Tuesday (28 July), a woman who identified herself as a former sound engineer for the band republished a 2018 blog in which she alleged hearing crew members boast of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman in a dressing room.

The sound engineer, who originally published her allegations without naming the band the crew worked for, claimed this week that they worked for The Killers. The band themselves have not been implicated in any of the allegations, which occurred in 2009.

She wrote: “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.”

A statement provided by the band’s legal representative said: “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.

“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 Killers, who are known for tracks including “Mr Brightside”, “Somebody Told Me” and “Human”, headlined Glastonbury Festival in 2019.

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