Fallout surrounding incidents at Love Saves The Day festival in Bristol, United Kingdom continues for Jackmaster, after further clarifying his public apology about events that took place there. The popular DJ had taken to his Facebook page on August 15 to issue the apology for “behaving inappropriately and offensively” toward staff members at the festival during a drug-induced blackout. As a result, the locality’s Motion club has also pulled him from his headlining spot on the lineup of its In:Motion event. They “mutually agreed” it was the best thing to do, per the venue’s announcement.
Resident Advisor received statements from an anonymous victim of Jackmaster’s behavior, Love Saves The Day, and an expansion from Jackmaster himself about what truly happened. The DJ confessed, “my actions involved attempting to kiss and grab people against their will,” after ingesting past the threshold of a safer GHB dosage and subsequently losing his memory of his choices thereafter. He also admitted he’d had a problem with the substance, and had relapsed. Since then, he’s been on a path to change his lifestyle and improve.
Before he’d let the full details go of his abusive behavior that night, Jackmaster’s vague apology led to a response that was, “quite sickening, in that it was hijacked by untruths and lad humour,” per a statement of the anonymous victim of his harrassment. Her account from that night detailed a scene where she felt helpless at the hands of onlookers who, “just stood by like it was OK behaviour.” She’d felt afraid to meet with him at first, but later felt he’d been sincere in his apology.
Love Saves The Day reiterated their stance on sexual assault, and their care for employees in their statement. Their ideals have been shared by Motion, who explained that they “operate[s] a zero tolerance policy” when it comes to behavior of this nature.
Jackmaster’s statement in full:
Love Saves The Day:
Via: Resident Advisor
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