Detroit-based techno DJ Derrick May has been accused of bodily, verbal and sexual assault by 4 girls in a brand new investigation.
Content material warning: the next story incorporates descriptions of sexual assault.
The testimonies, introduced ahead in a brand new investigation by DJ Mag, span 20 years and are alleged to have taken place within the US, the UK and New Zealand.
One girl alleged Could invited her to Detroit to work on a competition with him, and whereas she was being proven round Could “spun me round and sat me down on the steps in a single motion, and he pulled out and held his penis”.
One other girl, nameless however known as Lara within the investigation, claimed Could sexually assaulted her within the UK when she was a youngster.
She mentioned: “Earlier than this occurred, I needed to be a DJ and had been saving as much as purchase decks — however I felt like I’d fucked all of it up earlier than it even began. I used to be fearful about operating into him in individual, and him shouting or getting indignant at me.
“I actually felt like he would have the ability to say ‘take away that lady from the invoice’ or ‘blacklist her’ if he ever noticed my title on a line-up, which sounds ridiculous now. However I actually thought he was that highly effective.”
cw: this report incorporates particulars of sexual assault
A number of girls with studies of sexual assault and harassment in opposition to Detroit DJ and producer Derrick Could share their story as a part of a DJ Magazine investigation led by @ellieflynn. https://t.co/sVtinB8T4c
— DJ Magazine (@DJmag) November 12, 2020
Lisa, one other girl interviewed within the investigation, says that whereas she was working as a lodge receptionist in Amsterdam in 2008, Could was staying on the lodge. When she confirmed him to his room, Could “grabbed [her] and threw [her] in opposition to the wall”.
In a press release given to DJ Magazine in response, Could denied the allegations, writing: “As a black man working in a white-dominated and overtly biased business, am I anticipated to have discovered the painful lesson that there isn’t a such factor as reality, equity, or due course of? When will the lengthy, storied historical past of weaponising the sexuality of African American males finish?
“Should I collaborate below duress with my very own victimisation by the hands of an overtly hostile press that amplifies the so-called fears of privileged, nameless girls in an internet-mediated lynching? I’ve no real interest in legitimising these distortions. Girls are the conduit of life, and as such, are to be protected, and never exploited. I dwell by these phrases.”
Could is credited as a pioneer of Detroit techno, and shaped the Belleville Three alongside Juan Atkins and Kevin Saunderson within the Eighties.