Twin Cities musician Sean Tillmann, better known by his stage name Har Mar Superstar, has issued a statement in response to a growing number of allegations from women of past sexual harassment and assault.
Multiple woman have come forward and shared their stories on social media in recent weeks, accusing Tillmann of sexual misconduct dating back several years.
In a statement issued on behalf of "a collective" of seven women who have made allegations against Tillmann, it says their experiences ranged from "pointed inappropriate sexual comments and grooming to physical assault."
The statement also says those making the allegations have been subjected to "efforts to silence us via social media, private messages, and scare tactics involving character assassination" since coming forward.
The Star Tribune spoke to three of the women involved, who said between 2014 and 2017, Tillmann "aggressively propositioned them for sex and grabbed or touched them inappropriately," with one saying Tillmann slid his hands down her pants in Grumpy's Bar in Minneapolis, and another saying Tillmann drunkenly burst into a bathroom stall and tried to kiss and touch her.
But the allegation that sparked others to come forward, in which Tillmann allegedly stuck his penis in the face of a woman in 2016, has been denied by the musician in the statement he issued Thursday.
He said: "I sincerely wish her the best in life, but I categorically deny the version of events that is being presented within her post. It just didn't happen that way, and the recent account includes awful, untrue details that have been added."
Of the others coming forward with allegations of sexual misconduct, he said: "I take these claims very seriously. I am deeply sorry to anyone who feels I've hurt them; what matters here is not my feelings or perspective but to take these statements seriously and respectfully.
"I want to provide my deepest apology and my public commitment to be accountable, to listen, and to do what I can to allow for healing and growth, not only for those women who have come forward, but for our community — and in particular our musical community."
As the allegations emerged, several Twin Cities music institutions have moved to distance themselves from the artist, with First Avenue stopping sales of tickets to the upcoming show with his band Heart Bones, Minneapolis' Mid City Studio announcing it'll no longer work with Tillmann, and 89.3 The Current among the stations that have stopped playing his music.
Minneapolis Ward 3 Councilor Steve Fletcher meanwhile said he would not have attended the recent launch of Tillmann's new album, entitled Roseville, had he known of the allegations that have subsequently arisen.
Tillmann described those coming forward as "brave women" who have described behavior of his that was "harmful, abusive, and selfish."
His statement also describes his past experiences with a "toxic mixture of alcohol, drugs, and cavalier sexuality," saying "I was harming people around me and failing them and myself."
As well as carving out a successful music career since emerging in the late '90s, eventually adopting the Har Mar Superstar monicker after the Har Mar mall in Roseville, Tillmann has also appeared in multiple Hollywood movies including Starsky and Hutch, Whip It, and Pitch Perfect.