A popular Minneapolis brewery is publicly severing ties with Sean Tillmann, better known by his stage name Har Mar Superstar, following the airing of multiple sexual harassment and assault allegations against the singer.
Modist Brewing, located in the North Loop, has had multiple collaborations with Tillmann over the years, even naming one of its beers after him in 2018. On Saturday, the company posted the following on Twitter (warning: strong language ahead):
Calling the behavior described in the allegations "shocking, disappointing, and f-----g disgusting," the brewery says it stands by the survivors, and that it will be "scrubbing all our platforms as well as making sure anything else cobranded that might be hanging around the brewery finds its place into a dumpster fire."
"Not only has he performed at our brewery, but we plastered his face on cans, merch, posters etc and spread it all over the cities," another tweet reads. "We can't even imagine what kind of pain was triggered by seeing his face on yet another thing in an unsuspecting place has caused these survivors."
"We are so sorry," Modist says. In addition to ridding itself of all its associations with Har Mar Superstar, the brewery is vowing to help the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MNCASA) with a donation "that matches every dollar we paid Sean for his role in the beer we made together."
"We believe women, we stand with survivors, and we will continue our commitment to making Modist a safe place for all."
The brewery says it'll make the donation to MNCASA in April, in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
This past week, multiple women came forward with a joint statement calling Tillman a "perpetrator of sexual harassment and assault for over two decades," saying his actions ranged from "pointed inappropriate sexual comments and grooming to physical assault."
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.
The musician issued a statement on Thursday, March 25, in which he said he takes the allegations "extremely 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."
Tillmann described the accusers as "brave women" who came forward to speak out against his "harmful, abusive, and selfish" behavior.
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."
However, he did deny the allegation in the "initial social media post" that compelled others to come forward, in which he allegedly stuck his penis in the face of a woman in 2016.
"I sincerely wish (the woman) 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."
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.