Dancefestopia fires talent buyer after sexual assault allegations surface over Twitter [UPDATED]
Following multiple sexual assault allegations made against Datsik last week, another music industry professional has been publicly accused of abusing a female who attended Kansas City-based festival Dancefestopia. The festival organizing body, Borda Productions, which also hosts the city’s prominent EDM events, has since severed ties with its talent buyer and production manager, Matt Bonabhan, after someone came forth over Twitter exposing his actions in graphic detail.
In a series of tweets made last Thursday, one user outlined an instance where Bonabhan cornered a woman at a show and forced himself on her. Bonabhan’s accuser allegedly reported his multiple unwanted advances to festival officials. Bonabhan was subsequently fired and the festival has severed ties to the accused.
Since the allegations came out, other women have come forth to voice their stories of unwanted sexual advances. Evidence has been sent to the authorities, and legal action is being taken against Bonabhan. Read the full thread of tweets here.
[UPDATE: 3/21/2018 4:30 PST] Dancefestopia has reached out to DA and explained that they had no prior knowledge of the alleged incidents before the series of tweets and notes that there was no attempted cover-up.
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— The Festival Voice (@TheFestVoice) March 17, 2018
@MattBonabhan has recently been the subject of sexual harassment allegations. We have severed our relationship with Matt and as of today he no longer is with Borda Productions. If you have any information, please contact us at email@example.com
— Dancefestopia (@Dancefestopia) March 17, 2018
[UPDATE 3/33/2018 7:05 PM ET]: A previous version of this story reported that Borda Productions had allegedly failed to act after receiving word of the allegations from Bonabhan’s accuser. Both Dancefestopia and the still-anonymous accuser have reached out to Dancing Astronaut through a legal representative to indicate those reports—though widely circulated—were mistaken.
According to both parties, immediate action was taken against Bonabhan when the information came to Borda Productions’ attention.