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Feist will no longer be opening for Arcade Fire after four people accused bandleader Win Butler of sexual misconduct. The singer-songwriter, born Leslie Feist, opened the first two shows of the band’s European tour in Dublin and was due to open 18 more. “I’m imperfect and I’m going to handle this decision imperfectly, but what I know for sure is that the best way to take care of my band, my team and my family is to walk away from this tour. , not from this conversation,” Feist wrote. in a long note posted on Instagram. She added that playing her songs during shows “was incongruous” with the goals of her music. In a statement to Vulture, Arcade Fire said: “We are truly sorry to see Leslie return home, but fully understand and respect her decision.” Fans had previously noticed that Feist had donated her products to a women’s domestic violence organization in Dublin; she did not address that decision. The move comes as Beck is still set to open for Arcade Fire in the US this fall. A representative for Beck did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Butler has denied all allegations.
Arcade Fire’s touring troubles began earlier this week after a Pitchfork investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against Butler with four people accusing the singer of sexual assault. With the help of a crisis public relations firm, Butler claimed that all of his dealings had been consensual; he also alluded to “poor judgment” and “mistakes” in a statement to Pitchfork that cited his mental health issues and alcohol use. Feist wrote that she read the Butler investigation for the first time after having already arrived in Dublin and started rehearsing. “We had no time to prepare for what was to come let alone a chance to decide not to fly across the ocean in the belly of this situation,” she wrote. She added that she wanted to support her band and her team and didn’t want to “imply that I was judge and jury.” “It was incredibly difficult for me and I can only imagine how much more difficult it was for the people who came forward,” Feist wrote. “More than anything, I wish those involved healing.”
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