The Gaslamp Killer booted from Breakfest and Let Them Eat Cake line-ups after rape allegations
This post discusses sexual assault.
LA producer The Gaslamp Killer has been pulled from Australia’s Let Them Eat Cake and Breakfest line-ups after being accused of raping two women.
On Friday, Twitter user @chelseaelaynne accused The Gaslamp Killer — real name William Bensussen — of raping herself and her friend in July 2013. Since then, he’s officially “parted ways” with Low End Theory, the legendary Los Angeles party at which Bensussen was a longtime resident, and been booted from the bill of Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival. His former label Brainfeeder have also distanced themselves from Bensussen.
Now, Australian promoters The Operatives have announced that The Gaslamp Killer will no longer perform at any of his upcoming Australian festival dates at Breakfest, Let Them Eat Cake and Kiwi event Northern Bass.
“In light of the accusations against The Gaslamp Killer and all it encompasses, we feel that a cancellation of the upcoming tour is currently the only option,” an official statement reads. “Hopefully there will be some clarity on the entire case in the near future, and justice is served in truth. ”
Bensussen’s alleged victim Chelsea claims that she and a friend met The Gaslamp Killer at a party on the rooftop on the Standard Hotel in Los Angeles on July 5, 2013. She alleges that Bensussen handed the two women drinks she believes were drugged and “after that, everything is pitch black except for a few sharp but at the same time, blurry, memories.”
“It has taken four years to not blame ourselves and not feel guilty or less than human for it,” she wrote in her statement. “He knows what he did and I’m sure he’s been wondering when this day would come. RaeAn and I have had to deal with the shame for four years, and it’s time he faces it too.”
In a response on his own Twitter, The Gaslamp Killer denied the allegations against him.
— G L K (@GASLAMPKILLER) October 13, 2017
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