Member of The Dead South accused of sexual misconduct returns to group

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Regina band The Dead South is reuniting with its cello participant, who final 12 months confronted a number of allegations of sexual misconduct.

The band’s web site contains a assertion from the group welcoming again unique member Danny Kenyon.

One of the ladies who made an allegation towards Kenyon in July 2020 says she feels just like the band is sending a message that victims do not matter. 

The Dead South (TDS) is a Saskatchewan-based bluegrass quartet. In 2014, the band was picked up by a German report label and has been touring abroad ever since.

On June 18, 2021, the band posted a press release to the about part of its web site saying the previous 12 months was “a time of reflection and learning.”

“What we know for sure is that TDS just isn’t TDS without the four of us, so we want to continue this journey with Danny,” the assertion stated. 

“We look forward to playing shows again and we look forward to doing this with our original lineup.”

‘I do not suppose reflection is sufficient’

In 2020, CBC News reported accounts from three ladies who first got here ahead by writing nameless posts detailing alleged inappropriate sexual behaviour by Kenyon on an Instagram web page for survivors. None of the allegations towards Kenyon have been investigated by police or examined in court docket.

CBC News spoke with the ladies who wrote the posts and independently confirmed their identities and corroborated their tales.

The first lady who wrote a publish alleged that Kenyon took benefit of the very fact that she was intoxicated one night time while on a Tinder date. She stated the subsequent day she woke as much as him masturbating in her bed room and he ejaculated on her with out her consent.

“It feels to me, one of Danny’s victims, that the band and record label endorse men who hurt women,” she advised CBC after listening to the information that Kenyon was once more touring with The Dead South.

“It says that we don’t matter. It says that we deserve it. It says that I deserved it.”

She stated she desires to know what Danny has accomplished because the allegations got here out, particularly if he has gone to counselling. 

“I don’t think reflection is enough when it comes to something as serious as this,” she stated. “I’m not on a big crusade against him but I’m not confident that it has been addressed properly.”

She advised CBC she is worried in regards to the security of other ladies with the band going again on tour. 

Kenyon, who didn’t reply to requests from CBC News in 2020 when the preliminary allegations got here out, commented on her publish when it was revealed on Instagram.

“Your courage in sharing this is appreciated. Thank you for bringing this to light, and I see now that my actions caused harm. I wish you healing. I am sorry, and I will do better. Also, I’m sorry your original post was taken down — you deserve to have a voice,” he wrote. 

No phrase on consent coaching

The band launched a press release on Aug. 19, 2020, saying it “is opposed to, and does not condone, harmful behaviour of any kind.”

“We have begun to train our band members and team members on consent, professional conduct, and creating safer spaces for our fans and our team,” the band’s assertion stated.

Six Shooter Records, which represents the band, stated on its web site that identical day that coaching periods on consent have been scheduled for the subsequent week. It stated it invited and inspired all employees, artists, crew and brokers to take part.

“This training is essential, and one of the many steps we will take as a company toward creating safer environments for our community,” stated the report firm on the time.

CBC reached out to Six Shooter for touch upon this story, however didn’t get a response. It did not reply questions on what the consent coaching entailed or if Kenyon was current. 

The band will embark on their Served Cold tour beginning in Alberta in August 2021. It will go on to areas within the U.S. and Europe over the subsequent 12 months.

Kenyon didn’t reply to CBC’s requests for remark. 

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