This week, electronic DJ and producer Graves was accused of sexual assault and rape by multiple women on Twitter. Since then, Graves has deleted all social media; artists that have worked with him previously, and also were his friend, have spoken out – including RL Grime. RL Grime & Graves had a handful of songs together, including “Arcus,” and three other songs Graves contributed to on Grime’s 2018 album, Nova.
In a statement shared on Twitter, Grime also said he will be donating a portion of the profits from the 3 songs he contributed to on Nova to RAINN, a non-profit anti-sexual assault organization, the largest in the country.
I am horrified and disheartened to hear the recent news regarding graves, and I appreciate and admire the bravery it took for the victims to speak out . I have zero tolerance for this kind of conduct— RL GRIME (@RLGRIME) June 12, 2020
Out of respect for and in support of the victims, I am removing Arcus from all DSPs. Additionally, I will be donating a portion of the profits from the 3 songs he contributed to on Nova to RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network)— RL GRIME (@RLGRIME) June 12, 2020
Other artists have also spoken up after the allegations have come to light, including Hex Cougar, Kayzo, MYRNE, and others.
over the past 3 years, Christian aka Graves became one of my close friends, which makes this even more shocking & devastating to learn— Litty Kitty — BLACK LIVES MATTER (@HexCougar) June 11, 2020
i believe the brave women that came forward, and my heart goes out to them. i commend them for speaking out and holding Christian accountable
I’ve known christian / graves as both a friend and musician for 6 years, and I’m disappointed to hear about these dark acts that have recently came to light.— MYRNE (@MYRNEmusic) June 12, 2020
it takes immense bravery to come out about sexual assault, & I fully stand with them
siri – play tiger blood by myrne
I’m incredibly disappointed hearing about graves and the stories that have been shared. First off I have to say how brave it is for those women to come forward and share what they have gone through and I stand by them with that being said –— kayzo (@KayzoMusic) June 12, 2020
It takes courage for the women to share the stories about graves. To be vulnerable to the opinions of others so that other victims can heal and speak, and I hope future abuse be stopped as men learn (what they ought know already) about consent, about respect, about consequence.— K R A N E (@KRANEmusic) June 12, 2020
Featured image by Becca Wilbee.