On October 12, Chelsea (who has asked to have her last name withheld) took to Twitter to allege that she and her best friend were drugged and raped at The Standard in Los Angeles by William Benjamin Bensussen, better known by his stage name, The Gaslamp Killer.
The Gaslamp Killer faced widespread backlash since the allegations were made — Low End Theory cut ties with the producer and he has had an Australian tour cancelled. Flying Lotus, one of the underground club’s co-founders, seemed to stand in solidarity with the musician at a recent performance, inciting a backlash of his own.
Following the incident, during his set at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on October 14, Flying Lotus ended his set with one of Gaslamp Killer’s songs stating, “The internet is a fuckin’ liar. Ain’t nobody judge and jury but the fuckin’ law, okay? … Thank you guys so much for coming, let truth and justice have its day.”
After Flying Lotus’ comments spread, fans and industry professionals expressed their outrage, prompting the artist to deliver an apology for his “insensitive comments.”
I wanted to sincerely apologize for my comments at my show. I realize they were insensitive. This is a tough time for all of us, as men and women. I’m having trouble finding my voice in all of this. I am truly heartbroken. My stage has always been a place for what’s in my heart until now. I feel as internet wielding people we have to learn to give each other space to feel, to honor each other’s reactions and experiences without bullying. I care about this community and its impact so much. -Flying Lotus