BROCKHAMPTON Cancels US Tour Amid Abuse Allegations
This morning the 15-man collective known as BROCKHAMPTON announced they would be cancelling their first official US tour just days after abuse allegations against one member were brought to light. As well, the group showed solidarity by using the announcement to also declare the dismissal of member Ameer Vann, whom the allegations were brought against.
Their US tour includes 25 stops and the following summer festivals: Boston Calling, Soundset, Governors Ball, Agenda, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Mo Pop, Austin City Limits and Capitol Hill Block Party.
Earlier this month, singer-songwriter Rhett Rowan, who acknowledges that she was previously involved in a relationship with Ameer Vann, called the rapper “emotionally manipulative and mentally abusive” before later accusing him of having sexual relations with a minor and “abusing women.” Rowan also claims that other women have shared their stories of their experiences with Vann on Twitter, but their tweets have since been deleted.
Following the allegations, Vann responded by sending out a flurry of tweets saying “I have never criminally harmed anyone or disrespected their boundaries” and “I have never had relations with a minor or violated anybody’s consent.”
The group was originally founded by creative visionary Kevin Abstract in 2015 through a Kanye West forum for fans and includes young men ranging from rappers to products to art directors. In the three years since its conception, they have continued to handle the output of their product by releasing a multi-genre mixtape, their debut album Saturation, and touring with Abstract as support, and they even had their own TV show. The future is currently unclear for BROCKHAMPTON, but it is clear by their announcement that that they stand in solidarity and do not “tolerate abuse of any kind.”