Two more women join lawsuit against Bassnectar for sexual abuse, human trafficking

Content warning: This article contains information relating to sexual abuse

Two further people have come forward to make allegations of sexual abuse against DJ and producer Bassnectar, who is currently facing charges of human trafficking and sexual abuse of minors.

Rolling Stone reports that two women, identified as Jenna Houston and Jane Doe #1, have added their names to a pre-existing lawsuit against Bassnectar, who also stands accused of the manufacture and possession of child pornography. All four women have made similar allegations against the artist, real name Lorin Ashton, of sexual abuse and human trafficking when they were minors, with the lawsuit having been amended on Friday, May 7th to include the new allegations.

“Bassnectar’s purported noble actions and reputation of being in service to some greater good were nothing more than a veil to mask his sinister desires and actions and a means to use his power and influence to groom and ultimately sexually victimize underage girls,” the lawsuit states.

In April, lawyers for Ashton denied the allegations in the lawsuit, which was initially filed on behalf of two complainants identified as Rachel and Alexis. Bassnectar’s lawyers have now issued an updated denial, telling NME that the artist is innocent of “the offensive and demonstrably false allegations outlined in this outrageous lawsuit”.

Jenna Houston, one of the two new complainants, reports that she first connected with Bassnectar when she posted lyrics on her Twitter page, with Ashton subsequently reaching out to her via direct message when she was aged 16. “In April of 2012, a few months after first contacting Jenna, Bassnectar came to Jenna’s home state of Pennsylvania and had her meet him at the Ritz Carlton hotel in Philadelphia, PA,” the lawsuit claims.

It continues: “Bassnectar instructed Jenna to meet him in his hotel room. Jenna, who was sixteen at the time, went to Bassnectar’s hotel room and met Bassnectar. Almost as soon as she walked into the room, Bassnectar started having sex with Jenna. Bassnectar did not use a condom. Bassnectar was thirty-four years old… Bassnectar provided Jenna with cash after they had sex.”

The lawsuit further alleges that they continued to see each other over the next three years, with Ashton frequently flying Houston to his gigs. “Bassnectar took advantage of Jenna’s impressionable age and successfully groomed her so he could sexually abuse her,” the lawsuit claims. “Bassnectar manipulated and coerced Jenna into travelling and flying all over the country to have sex with him whenever he desired.”

Alleging that he knew Houston was a minor as a result of repeatedly booking flights for her to see him, the lawsuit finally claims that when Houston went to college and was no longer a minor, “Bassnectar told her he wanted to end things with her”.

The other new complainant, Jane Doe #1, claims Ashton manipulated her into sending him sexually explicit photos while she was underage.

“Her parents became very protective of Jane Doe #1 while she was in high school and were understandably concerned about Jane Doe #1’s well-being. This became problematic for Bassnectar. In an attempt to find a way to have her parents back off, Bassnectar helped Jane Doe #1 craft a letter to her therapist about how she ‘feels trapped by her parents’,” the lawsuit claims. “Even as Jane Doe #1 continued to deteriorate, Bassnectar selfishly prioritized his sexual desires over Jane Doe #1’s mental health.”

Bassnectar’s lawyers, Kim Hodde and Mitchell Schuster, refuted the lawsuit’s allegations in a statement, saying: “This litigation is nothing more than a shameless attempt to profit off of the important social movement against sexual exploitation. Fabricated claims like these are an appalling disservice to actual victims, whom Lorin and the entire Bassnectar team unwaveringly support.

“To be clear, the claims in the amended complaint — like those in the first version — are meritless and have been drafted to create a sensationalised and false narrative. We have every confidence that once these claims are actually tested under oath in a courtroom — rather than through the court of public opinion — Lorin will be fully exonerated. Out of respect for others, Lorin has resisted taking action while he has been vilified by these outlandish accusations, but he cannot sit idly by any longer. We will pursue every appropriate remedy to hold these opportunists accountable for the damage they have caused to Lorin’s life and reputation.”

Artist behind Daft Punk ‘One More Time’ lead sample has never been paid

Eddie Johns, whose 1979 track ‘More Spell On You’ was sampled by Daft Punk for their hit single ‘One More Time’, has never received royalties from the French duo’s track.

Johns’ story has been uncovered in a new profile by the Los Angeles Times, who tracked him down in LA, where he’s been living in a supportive housing facility after struggling with homelessness for over a decade. Johns suffered a stroke ten years ago, which left him unable to work.

“I help Eddie use the computer sometimes, and he showed me some of his music,” Johns’ case manager Alyssa Cash told the Los Angeles Times. “He showed me his album cover, and when I found this video talking about how it was sampled by Daft Punk, it was like a lightbulb went off. That’s Eddie, this is his song.”

Within the profile, writer August Brown delves deep into the complicated issues around sampling and licensing that have seen Johns receive no royalties from use of his track. The rights to the recording are now owned by a French label and publishing company, GM Musipro, whose specialising in reissuing vintage French records. (‘More Spell On You’ was originally recorded in Paris.)

Therefore, despite Daft Punk officially licensing the track and paying royalties since its release in 2000, Johns has seen none of that money. “Daft Life LTD. is paying royalties twice a year to the producer and owner of ‘More Spell on You’,” a representative for Daft Punk told the Los Angeles Times.

“We have not heard from [Johns] since the day we acquired in 1995 a catalog from another label that featured this title,” GM Musipro founder George Mary said in an email. “We have tried to do research on him, but without any result. For our part, we are going to study his file and do the accounts to his credit. We will get back to him immediately on this subject, at the same time as we will inform him of his rights.”

Speaking to the Los Angeles Times, Johns said: “I just hope I can get some credit, you know? I’d like to have something to give to my daughter.”

Watch a video outlining how ‘More Spell On You’ was sampled in ‘One More Time’ below.

A rare vinyl copy of Daft Punk’s ‘Discovery’ album sold on Discogs for $2,380 earlier this year, while the duo announced their split after 28 years in February.

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DJ Mag Top 100 Clubs voting launches on Wednesday

Voting in DJ Mag’s annual Top 100 Clubs poll launches this Wednesday (12th May).

Under the unifying belief that now is not the time to hide clubs away, we want to use our platforms to celebrate and support the global nightclub industry as we start to imagine a return to the dancefloor globally.

The coronavirus pandemic continues to force the closure of thousands of clubs worldwide. While clubs in some parts of the world are beginning to reopen this year, many are unable to do so.

We want to honour venues that have been so integral to club culture worldwide, while, at the same time, remaining aware that many clubs need help. So, after thinking carefully about how to adapt, we’ve reimagined Top 100 Clubs in a way that can support the global nightlife industry.

We’ll celebrate venues through the launch of the Top 100 Clubs 2021 Virtual World Tour, a ten-week virtual showcase open to clubs of all sizes across the globe which you can watch on DJ Mag’s Facebook, YouTube and Twitch pages.

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