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Four Women Come Forward With Very Disturbing Sexual Violence Allegations Against FYF Founder Sean Carlson

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As you may have heard earlier this week, Goldenvoice made the decision to split from FYF Festival without explanation.

Now we're learning this is a result of four disturbing allegations of sexual misconduct against the fest's founder, Sean Carlson.

In an exposé in SPIN, three anonymous and one named women detailed their alleged aggressive experiences with the music promoter, who allegedly attacked all of them between 2010 and 2015.

Incident number one involves former freelance music photographer, Natasha Ryan, who claims Carlson forced himself on her at a VIP after-party in a casino suite in Las Vegas.

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She told the outlet:

"This guy just kept coming up to me and trying to take my bra top off and I had to keep batting him away. I didn't know who he was. I was just hoping he'd leave me alone … He just started grabbing me and trying to kiss me and was trying to pull me into the bathroom to make out with me. I kept saying, ‘Stop, get off me,' and he kept saying, ‘But you're just too cute to not make out with.' He finally backed off after I pushed him off again."

When asked why she didn't come forward at the time, Ryan said:

"I didn't want to say anything back then because I was still shooting for magazines and publications and Fuck Yeah Fest is really big. I just felt like, ‘I need to get the photos done.' … I knew I had been violated but I didn't know if I should call the police or tell anyone. I thought no one would care and that my incident was isolated."

The unnamed woman from the second incident shared her story of allegedly being assaulted by Carlson at a party in Los Angeles in 2013.

After allegedly forcing himself into the restroom while she was urinating, she said Carlson trapped her:

"I turn around, and his erect penis is just out of his pants. I remember trying to bargain with him, rationalize with him, like, ‘Hey, you're a really cool guy, let's go on a date first, I don't wanna do this, I'm not ready to do this, please, let's not do this' and he kept asking me to kiss his penis. I think that's when I realized, oh my God, this is not okay, this is really a problem and I'm scared. I felt trapped—I mean, I was trapped. So he just kept demanding that I kiss his penis, and I did. In my mind, I was like, ‘Maybe I'll just do this and he'll let me go,' which in retrospect does not make sense. But at that time I was super panicked and I just couldn't believe what was happening."

She went on:

"So I did it and I stood up. He kept his hand on the door and I kept trying to pull the door open," she says. She happened to be wearing a long dress and no underwear. "He lifted up my dress, and his erect penis was touching my butt. I just felt like, ‘Oh my god, this guy is about to enter me, what the fuck is happening right now.'"

She was ultimately able to escape the bathroom, but says Carlson quickly caught up to her:

"Before I realize where to go, he came out behind me and pulled by my wrists onto this couch that was in the front of the house—completely in the front of the house, so nobody in the back at the party could hear us at all. I didn't scream, I didn't yell, I was just in disbelief that this was happening. But even if I had, I don't know that anybody would have heard me. He pulled me on top of him, he had me pinned down by my wrists. I'm struggling to get away and he's like, trying to kiss me. And then somebody opened the back door, thank God, because that sound startled him and he loosened his grip on my wrists and I was able to pull free."

She says Carlson later sent her a series of texts after the incident, one of which said:

"Hey [Beth], I owe you an apology how I acted last night. It wasn't ok and I want you to know that I am sorry. I hope that I can show you in the future that I am a good person. And we hopefully we [sic] cross paths soon. I will make you smile and laugh. Have a good day : )"

Several days later, the woman filed a police report but did not ultimately press charges:

"The thought of having at least one more year of going through this again and again really was not something I was able to do at that time."

Then there's incident number three, during which another unidentified woman says Carlson got "pretty wasted" and crossed the line at a party in 2015.

She claimed:

"He came up and we had a friendly conversation, and then [he] kind of just stuck his tongue down my throat, forcibly made out with me. I pulled back and resisted the first time, and he didn't really seem to get it and went in a second time, and I think a third time."

At another party months later, she said Carlson followed her into a bathroom:

"I went into the bathroom at some point and he forced his way in behind me and tried to make out with me. I pushed him out and rejected him."

Outside the party with another friend, the woman said she accepted Carlson's offer for both of them to hop in his Uber:

"He had just done something really gross, but on the other hand, he was offering to do something really nice. And the fact that I had somebody with me who was really close to me, I felt like I was going to be in a safe space. But as soon as the car pulled up, [Carlson] very forcibly suggested that my friend get in the front seat, and leave us two in the back."

The victim remembered being groped by Carlson the rest of the way home, despite her saying no.

Lastly, the fourth woman says Carlson was inappropriate with her while at a concert in Los Angeles:

"As the night went on, Sean was just getting a little bit in my face, being overly flirty … I kept trying to jokingly say ‘no' in a way that wouldn't be embarrassing, ‘cause it was a group of us so I didn't want to make it uncomfortable … And then at one point, he just decided it was okay to kiss me. I had told him to stop getting into my zone a few times before, and I had to push him away."

Other guys in the group apparently intervened and pulled Carlson off the woman.

The music promoter has since responded to the allegations — read his full statement (below):

"Incident 4 is true. Incident 3 is generally true, but I did not follow the individual into a bathroom. My conduct in both of these incidents was inexcusable.

The descriptions in Incidents 1 and 2 both contain serious misstatements and omissions. However, on both occasions I acted inappropriately and shamefully, and deeply regret my actions.

I am genuinely, unequivocally sorry. I lay fault at no one's feet but my own. I am ashamed by how I acted and feel terrible for the pain that I have caused. Actions speak louder than words.

In December 2015, my years of recklessness and selfishness hit a breaking point; I had to make a promise to family and friends that I would change, or risk finally exhausting what remained of their compassion and support. I gave up alcohol for good, I embraced therapy, and I asked, sincerely, that my family and friends forgive me. Nevertheless, these corrective actions do not excuse my reprehensible conduct, and are small solace to those whose pain I am so sorry to have caused."

Wow.

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