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Thursday, 30 July 2020

Rock band The Killers launch investigation into allegations of sexual abuse on their tour

  • Female sound engineer took to Twitter earlier this week to share her allegations
  • Claimed she witnessed woman being abused backstage during US tour in 2009
  • None of the band members were implicated in the alleged assault
The Killers have announced they are launching an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse made against members of their crew.
A female sound engineer, who took to Twitter earlier this week, claimed that she witnessed a woman being abused backstage during their US tour in 2009.      
None of the band members were implicated in the alleged assault and they have since vowed to launch an investigation.
The woman, who is named on her account as Chez Cherrie, wrote: 'Trigger warning. This is my story. I was a tech for the largest sound company in the world working for one of the biggest bands in the world (still). 
'I've never had any sort of justice. I wonder about her all the time. Please share my story about my time with THE KILLERS.' 
A female sound engineer, who took to Twitter earlier this week, claimed that she witnessed a woman being abused backstage during their US tour in 2009. Pictured: Band members at the time (left to right) Dave Keuning, Brandon Flowers, Ronnie Vannucci Jr. and Mark Stoermer
A female sound engineer, who took to Twitter earlier this week, claimed that she witnessed a woman being abused backstage during their US tour in 2009. Pictured: Band members at the time (left to right) Dave Keuning, Brandon Flowers, Ronnie Vannucci Jr. and Mark Stoermer
She then tweeted a link to her blog post, originally written in 2018, which detailed the alleged encounter. 
It read: 'We were about half way through our load-in when [a voice] came over [the] radio and said, "Hey guys, there is a girl set up in Dressing Room A. Put your name on the list outside the door with your radio channel and we'll call you when it's your turn".
'I continued my load out, occasionally hearing a name come over the radio to notify them that it was their turn on the train in Dressing Room A.'
She said that as they were departing a security guard ran toward the bus.
'The security guy said, and I will never forget this moment because a piece of me died that night, "That girl in Dressing Room A is passed out and naked. Is anyone going to take care of her?'''
The woman, who is named on her account as Chez Cherrie, began: 'Trigger warning. This is my story. I was a tech for the largest sound company in the world working for one of the biggest bands in the world (still)'
The woman, who is named on her account as Chez Cherrie, began: 'Trigger warning. This is my story. I was a tech for the largest sound company in the world working for one of the biggest bands in the world (still)'
Ms Cherrie alleged that male members of the crew simply laughed and refused to help before shutting the door.
She added: 'The security guy looked down at his shoes and the bus pulled away, and part of my heart blackened and fell to the floor.
'I cried that night in my bunk. I should've left the tour. I should've spoken up for that woman. I should've defended her… and made sure she was okay.'
At the time of the alleged incident, the Las Vegas group were fronted by singer Brandon Flowers alongside guitarist Dave Keuning, bassist Mark Stoermer and drummer Ronnie Vannucci Jr.
None of the band members (pictured in 2006) were implicated in the alleged assault and they have since vowed to launch an investigation
None of the band members (pictured in 2006) were implicated in the alleged assault and they have since vowed to launch an investigation
A legal representative for the band told MailOnline: 'First and foremost, any allegations of inappropriate behavior by anyone on The Killers touring team are taken extremely seriously by the band and their management. 
'This person's story is appalling and, while The Killers do not have the same touring crew in 2020 that they had earlier in their career, they will be conducting a thorough investigation into past and present tour staff. 
'Their legal team will be reaching out to this person for more information and clarity on the alleged incidents as detailed, as well as to the audio vendor who provided crew for the tour.
'The band are astonished and shocked by these claims. The behavior attributed to them and their crew is unrecognizable and in direct opposition to the principles with which they run their workplace.'

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