The Instagram user alleges that the rapper, whose real name is Andy Bothwell, attempted to corner her and kiss her despite her “ducking and dodging his advances.” According to the statement, Bothwell later slapped her, grabbed her chin “to look him in his eyes,” tore her tank top and performed oral sex on her without her consent. She claims she immediately left his apartment when he stopped performing oral sex and went to the bathroom.
Via Instagram; anonymous re: Astronautalis pic.twitter.com/9GYN9VSALY— There's No Such Thing As A Good Cop (@jasoncomix) June 26, 2020
“I didn’t even realize that I was assaulted until years later,” the statement says. The next day, Minneapolis resident KT Engdahl said on Twitter that Bothwell abused her for seven years.
"I wasn't planning on coming forward, but since my abuser has decided his timeline can go back to normal, I feel obligated to say @astronautalis abused me for 7 years," read the tweet.
I wasn’t planning on coming forward, but since my abuser has decided his timeline can go back to normal, I feel obligated to say @astronautalis abused me for 7 years.— lil rhombus (@Kitschy_Hipster) June 26, 2020
Bothwell posted a lengthy statement on Saturday morning in which he says, “I spent yesterday, [sic] trying to speak directly to the women I have abused and the people around them, to give them a chance to to [sic] have the conversations I should have had with them years ago.”
In addition to rapping, Bothwell has been hosting The Opus, a podcast which music blog Consequence of Sound started in partnership with Sony Music Entertainment. In light of the allegations levied against Bothwell, Consequence Media announced they have immediately severed ties with him. BBC reports.
Around the same time this surfaced, similar allegations were levied against comedian Chris D’Elia, cast members of the television drama Riverdale and actor Ansel Elgort. Meanwhile, actor Danny Masterson and porn star Ron Jeremy were both recently charged with multiple counts of sexual assault. D’Elia, Elgort, Masterson and the cast members of Riverdale have all denied their respective allegations, while Jeremy pleaded not guilty to all four charges.