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Bassnectar lawsuit alleges sexual abuse, intercourse trafficking of minors | KTAB

by: Sebastian Posey, Haley Townsend

Posted: Apr 7, 2021 / 10:51 am CDTUpdated: April 7, 2021 / 10:51 am CDT

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 17: DJ Bassnectar performs on stage during the Meadows Music and Arts Festival – Day 3 at Citi Field on September 17, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola / Getty Images)

NASHVILLE (WKRN / NewsNation Now) – A lawsuit against Bassnectar alleges the electronic dance music DJ sexually abused the two plaintiffs. The DJ, also known as Lorin Ashton, allegedly groomed her for commercial sex acts and got her to send him sexually explicit photos.They were underage.

The lawsuit was filed Monday in the US District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee on behalf of Rachel Ramsbottom and Alexis Bowling against Ashton, Amorphus Music, Bassnectar Touring, Redlight Management, C3 Presents LLC and Interactive Giving Fund. Both women demand “all available” damages and punitive damages from the defendants.

The lawsuit accuses Bassnectar of “using his power and influence to care for and ultimately sexually harass underage girls.”

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The women claim the popular DJ found them on Twitter and communicated with them across multiple platforms. He allegedly asked about personal details of their lives and gave advice, including encouraging the girls to watch American Beauty, a film that revolves around a middle-aged man who has a relationship with his high school daughter’s boyfriend.

The lawsuit also alleges that Ashton paid the women for “sexual encounters.”

Full Bassnectar suit (warning, includes graphic details)

Bassnectar is accused of maintaining control over the plaintiffs through various rules including: keeping the relationship a secret, not allowing women to leave hotel rooms or answering the phone in his hotel room, and requiring them to shower before Ashton had unprotected sex with them so they were “clean”.

The EDM star allegedly asked the girls to take sexually explicit photos of themselves and send them to him. These actions were carried out with Bassnectar, who knew that both girls were minors.

In July 2020, Bassnectar announced that he was stepping down from his career to “assume responsibility and accountability” after allegations of sexual abuse surfaced.

“The rumors you are hearing are false, but I realize that some of my previous actions have caused pain and I am very sorry,” he said in a post on his Facebook page.

NewsNation Now reached out to Mitchell Schuster, Bassnectar’s attorney. Schuster denied all allegations with the following words:

“These outrageous allegations, which were clearly intended for the media and not the courts, are completely unfounded and we look forward to proving it.”

Mitchell Schuster, Bassnectar attorney

NewsNation subsidiary WKRN in Nashville contributed to this report

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