What’s going on? A timeline of the indie music scene’s sexual misconduct scandal


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What’s going on? A timeline of the indie music scene’s sexual misconduct scandal
Jensen and the Flips, MilesExperience, Sud, and Ang Bandang Shirley are among several local bands now in the spotlight for alleged inappropriate behavior

MANILA, Philippines – It took only a series of tweets and screenshots to expose misogynistic behavior among several local indie bands who have been accused – largely by anonymous people sending direct messages to a single Twitter user – of various acts of sexual misconduct, from making lewd remarks to forcing themselves on women.

As the issue continues to unfold with the bands being dropped from gig lineups and partnerships, here is a timeline of how it all happened:

November 21: University of the Philippines sociology student Adrienne Onday (@_tapsilog) starts a Twitter thread to talk about her experiences of misogyny and predatory behavior in the local indie music scene.

She tweets she would see band members ogle at women’s breasts and hear them make lewd comments. She also said that many musicians in the scene take advantage of their fame to get sexual favors from fans.

She calls out Jensen and the Flips first for replying to a tweet of hers with lewd emojis.

She also says that Farewell Fair Weather’s lead guitarist Kim Hue Jin would make advances on her.

Onday posts the first screenshot of a direct message sent to her by someone who said that Jensen Gomez, lead singer of Jensen and the Flips almost kissed a friend on the lips.

More accusations against Jensen and the Flips emerge: particularly against guitarist Sam Valenia who is accused of making sexual innuendos, hitting on minors, and forcing himself on a girl and trying to kiss her while sharing a cab home.

Valenia admits to and apologizes for the latter.

Onday posts a screenshot sent to her by someone naming MilesExperience Justin Teaño for inviting the person to drink late at night.

Sud Ballecer, lead singer of Sud, is accused of being too touchy with a female fan during a photo op.

More accusations against Sud emerge, with their three members, Ballecer, drummer Jimbo Cuenco, and keyboardist Kohl Aguilar being accused of flirting with other people despite being in relationships.

Ang Bandang Shirley is named in the thread but details are withheld due to “confidentiality”

The Rest Is Noise drops Jensen and the Flips from the lineup of their yearend gig.

November 22: Farewell Fairweather denies Onday’s accusations against their guitarist, and tweets a statement along with screenshots of their chat.

Ang Bandang Shirley releases an initial statement.

Sud and Jensen and the Flips are dropped from the UP Fair 2018 lineup.

Onday posts a screenshot of a direct message, clarifying the allegations against Ang Bandang Shirley. Guitarists and vocalists Owel Alvero and Ean Aguila were named.

November 23: Jensen and the Flips and Sud release their statements. (READ: Jensen and the Flips, Sud respond to sexual misconduct claims) https://www.rappler.com/entertainment/news/189311-jensen-and-the-flips-sexual-harassment-response

Coke Studio PH ends its partnership with Jensen and the Flips.

November 24: Ang Bandang Shirley releases a follow-up statement denying accusations of predatory behavior, while including three separate statements from each of the band members that were named in the Twitter thread.

– Rappler.com

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