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Arcade Fire opener Feist donating merch sales to Women’s Aid organization amid Win Butler allegations

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Despite sexual misconduct allegations against frontman Win Butler, Arcade Fire‘s tour continued Tuesday in Dublin, Ireland.

The show, which marked the “Wake Up” outfit’s first since Pitchfork first reported the allegations on Saturday, was opened by Feist. While Feist has not publicly commented on the situation, photos posted to social media by attendees of Tuesday concert show signs displayed on the “1234” artist’s merch booth saying that sales would be donated to Women’s Aid Dublin, which was confirmed by Billboard.

The allegations against Butler, which came from four people interviewed by Pitchfork, range from sending unwanted sexually explicit photos and demanding such photos and videos from women aged 18 to 23 when he was between 36 and 39 to sexual assault.

In a statement to Pitchfork, Butler acknowledged having relationships with all four accusers, which took place during his marriage to longtime partner and Arcade Fire bandmate Régine Chassagne, but describes each encounter as “mutual and always between consenting adults.”

“I have never touched a woman against her will, and any implication that I have is simply false,” he said.

Arcade Fire’s tour is scheduled to continue Wednesday with another show in Dublin. The outing is set to come to the U.S. in October, with opener Beck.

If you are affected by abuse and needing support, or know someone who is, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233, or the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673). You can also chat online at thehotline.org or online.rainn.org, respectively. 

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