Indie rock singer Feist said Thursday that she will no longer tour with Arcade Fire after the band’s frontman Vin Butler was accused of sexual misconduct.
The artist, whose full name is Leslie Feist, pulled out of the “V” tour two days after it began in Ireland, she explained in a letter to fans.
Butler, 42, has denied a Pitchfork report published last week in which three women accused him of inappropriate sex and another man accused him of sexual assault.
“I can’t continue,” wrote Feist, 46, of his “incredibly difficult” choice in a lengthy letter posted to Twitter, which explained his thought process.
“Staying on tour would signify that I was either defending or ignoring the damage caused by Vin Butler and leaving would mean I was the judge and jury,” she wrote.
“I was never here to stand for or with Arcade Fire—I was here to stand on my own two feet on a stage.”
The “Bad in an Other” artist stated that his songs ultimately decided for him when he played them during the first two dates of the tour.
“Listening to them through this lens was incompatible with working to articulate for myself throughout my career,” she wrote.
“I’ve always written songs to name my subtle difficulties, aspire to my best self and claim responsibility when the need arises. And I’m just taking the responsibility and going home.”
Fist was slated to open for his fellow Canadians during the European leg of the tour. No replacement was named. Beck is ready to act as an assistant when the tour reaches the states at the end of next month.