Bassnectar Might Be Quitting Music Forever Following Sexual Assault Accusations

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EDM star Bassnectar says he’s “stepping back” from the music industry after sexual assault allegations.

Last week, a new Instagram account began surfacing the damning details. The account, called ‘Evidence Against Bassnectar,’ began reposting users’ stories accusing the DJ of assault. Some of the stories involved grooming young female fans, with some female collaborators supporting the behavior.

Bassnectar, real name Loren Ashton, finally responded to the allegations over the weekend.

“I am stepping back from my career, and I am stepping down from my position of power and privilege in this community because I want to take responsibility and accountability,” he said in a Twitter statement. “I feel intense compassion for anyone I may have hurt and I truly hope you allow me a chance to work together toward healing.”

Bassnectar says he’s taking responsibility for his behavior, but his comments are why the callout account was created. In a statement he posted to Twitter on June 30th, he said his “own romantic relationships and interactions have been positive, consensual, legal and loving.” Shortly after that statement, the Instagram account began reposting allegations.

Bassnectar denies all allegations circulated by the account, but apologizes for ‘past actions.’

“The rumors you are hearing are untrue, but I realize some of my past actions have caused pain, and I am deeply sorry,” he wrote. “I am handing off our non-profit Be Interactive to a diverse team to continue without my involvement moving forward. Sometime in the future, I may share more thoughts on these matters. But for now, please take care of each other, and I wish you all the brightest future.”

The videos and accounts highlighted on the Evidence Against Bassnectar Instagram account tell a different story.

One recording of Lorin Ashton asking his victim if their relationship is statutory rape is especially telling. Instead of answering, Ashton asks her if she wants his accountability to result in going to jail. Many of the girls who accuse him allege that he took advantage of his position of trust.

Ashton claims the girls were college-aged, but most of them were underage. The allegations are severe enough that it has caused Bassnectar to step back from his non-profit organization.

Bassnectar is often considered a social justice warrior among fans. He has contributed to numerous online activism causes, raising awareness and donating money. He has also been active in encouraging his supporters to register to vote. Occasionally, his website drops think pieces on his political opinions and anti-racism stance.

9 Responses

  1. Atticus Finch

    Ha! A pious and privileged leftist creep about to go down. Assemble a grand jury already.

    • Angelito

      Do your research. Ashton is actually a Trump supporter. The grand jury will find you guilty of being stupid and having a lame agenda. Back to the old drawing board for you. Not a “leftist creep”…now what? You lose, yet again.

      • J

        If Lorin is a trump supporter then why was he going to host a free show in celebration if trump got impeached..

      • Atticus Finch

        You lose. He suffers from TDS just like you and partied when the FAILED Trump impeachment happened.

        Probably a blatant liar like you, too. Now, you and your liberal friends need to go to the corner and do your raping and pedo things. Then, Blame Trump.

      • Anonymous

        Lorin is far from a Trump supporter you fucking idiot. You need to do research!

    • Blobbo

      F you. Right-wingers are the real sexual perverts, and more importantly, the ones who always protect causes that ruin the world. Go back to your Covid cave in the US South and rot.

  2. restless94110

    Why is this guy caving? No one’s heard of him anyway. We not continue to be an artist creating? Nobody believes women anymore anyway, so many of them have been proven to be liars. Continue on, buddy. Someone will listen to your stuff.

    • Angelito

      They all believe your mom. All the guys listen to her.

  3. Blobbo

    16 is legal in many jurisdictions, but a grown man would have to be insane to date someone that age in this modern world. 18 and above only, and you better take a screen pic of them holding their id along with a text or a video testimony of their consent. THat’s what sh*t has come to in this dog eat dog world or relentless settlements coming from women against men of resources, of ANY age. If this guy was grooming underage girls with assistance, however, then he’s a pervert and an idiot.