FYF Fest founder Sean Carlson accused of sexual misconduct and assault
Sean Carlson, the founder of FYF Fest, has been accused by multiple women of sexual assault and misconduct.
FYF’s parent company, Goldenvoice, recently decided to part ways with Carlson, without citing reasons for the split.
In a new report from SPIN, released the morning of November 15, four women came forward with disturbing accounts about Carlson’s misconduct that range from 2010 to 2015.
The first incident reportedly took place in 2010 where one woman stated that Carlson “kept coming up to [her] and trying to take [her] bra top off” and that he also attempted to kiss her.
The second incident occurred just three years later in 2013. The woman states Carlson trapped her in a bathroom where “he kept asking [her] to kiss his penis,” which she says she did because she hoped he would “let [her] go.”
Two more anonymous women also came forward with stories, with allegations that Carlson assaulted them in 2015. Each of these incidents involved nonconsensual kissing and touching.
Also in 2015, a woman suggested Carlson forced himself on her by, “sticking his tongue down [her] throat” and texting her an apology the next day. A few months later, she ran into Carlson again at a party. She went to the restroom and he proceeded to “force his way in behind [her] and tried to make out with [her]”.
Carlson has released a response to the accusations, admitting to two of the offenses while disputing the facts of the others.
“My conduct in both of these incidents was inexcusable,” he writes in his statement. “I am genuinely, unequivocally sorry. I lay fault at no one’s feet but my own. I am ashamed by how I acted and feel terrible for the pain that I have caused. Actions speak louder than words. In December 2015, my years of recklessness and selfishness hit a breaking point; I had to make a promise to family and friends that I would change, or risk finally exhausting what remained of their compassion and support. I gave up alcohol for good, I embraced therapy, and I asked, sincerely, that my family and friends forgive me. Nevertheless, these corrective actions do not excuse my reprehensible conduct, and are small solace to those whose pain I am so sorry to have caused.”
Carlson founded FYF Fest in 2004.