Jackmaster expands statement around Love Saves The Day incident; later dropped from In:Motion and other Bristol eventsJackmaster Nicolas Schopfer Photography

Jackmaster expands statement around Love Saves The Day incident; later dropped from In:Motion and other Bristol events

Fallout surrounding incidents at Love Saves The Day festival in Bristol, United Kingdom continues for Jackmaster, after further clarifying his public apology about events that took place there. The popular DJ had taken to his Facebook page on August 15 to issue the apology for “behaving inappropriately and offensively” toward staff members at the festival during a drug-induced blackout. As a result, the locality’s Motion club has also pulled him from his headlining spot on the lineup of its In:Motion event. They “mutually agreed” it was the best thing to do, per the venue’s announcement.

Resident Advisor received statements from an anonymous victim of Jackmaster’s behavior, Love Saves The Day, and an expansion from Jackmaster himself about what truly happened. The DJ confessed, “my actions involved attempting to kiss and grab people against their will,” after ingesting past the threshold of a safer GHB dosage and subsequently losing his memory of his choices thereafter. He also admitted he’d had a problem with the substance, and had relapsed. Since then, he’s been on a path to change his lifestyle and improve.

Before he’d let the full details go of his abusive behavior that night, Jackmaster’s vague apology led to a response that was, “quite sickening, in that it was hijacked by untruths and lad humour,” per a statement of the anonymous victim of his harrassment. Her account from that night detailed a scene where she felt helpless at the hands of onlookers who, “just stood by like it was OK behaviour.” She’d felt afraid to meet with him at first, but later felt he’d been sincere in his apology.

Love Saves The Day reiterated their stance on sexual assault, and their care for employees in their statement. Their ideals have been shared by Motion, who explained that they “operate[s] a zero tolerance policy” when it comes to behavior of this nature.

Jackmaster’s statement in full:

On Monday I posted in good faith apologising for my behaviour at Love Saves The Day festival. The responses online twisted the story, with distorted accounts becoming further twisted through follow up dialogues—in all directions, from both over-exaggerated to jokingly uninformed.

The situation is no laughing matter, and the post was far from a means to paint myself in a positive manner. I was abusive and acted lewdly and inappropriately towards numerous members of staff at the festival—both female and male—during a drug-induced blackout, which I had put myself into after my performance by drinking a substance called GHB.

GHB, and its variant GBL, is a drug that I have struggled with for some time and on the Saturday night of Love Saves The Day I relapsed, and rather than taking what could be considered a “regular” dose of GHB, I was seen to drink it directly from the bottle.

During the ensuing blackout, my actions involved attempting to kiss and grab people against their will. I am truly disgusted and ashamed of myself, and I do not wish to use my substance abuse as an excuse for my actions.

This type of behaviour should not be tolerated—and was completely out of character from me. I have let myself, staff at the festival and those closest to me down. Although I don’t recognise the person recounted to me, I alone take full responsibility for my actions and the effect on those involved.

After meeting with those involved, staff, and other representatives of the Love Saves The Day team, my apologies were accepted by all parties. After discussing several steps forward, including me raising the idea of handing myself into the police with the intention of this being open, it was agreed that a public apology and an undertaking to never repeat the behaviour would be an acceptable conclusion, as none of the individual staff wished to pursue formal complaints to the authorities.

Following this, we mutually agreed I would post Monday’s statement, but in retrospect it was too ambiguous. The timing of this discussion was delayed since late May in part due to a family bereavement and all those involved allowing me to grieve, which I would like to thank them for. It was also to give time to Love Saves The Day to fully investigate the complaints against me from their staff.

I am attempting to address my personal issues head on, speaking to those involved personally, making changes to my lifestyle and working to ensure that others receive support. I will continue to work alongside the Love Saves The Day team on this matter.

Out of respect to those involved in the above statement, I will not be returning to Bristol to perform for the duration of this year. I hope to be back next year.

The victim’s:

Although I wish to remain anonymous, I was one of the female members of staff who was a recipient of Jack’s actions on the night of Love Saves The Day.

Jack’s behaviour on the night towards me crossed the boundaries of acceptability, regardless of the fact he was clearly off his head. What made the matter worse is that it happened in front of so many people, and so many witnesses, and it took far too long for anybody to step in and try to take control of Jack or intervene in the slightest. People just stood by like it was OK behaviour.

Myself and other staff that he hurt, offended and upset on the night spoke with the festival management and decided that the incidents had to be addressed and not ignored.

Jack agreed to meet directly with all the staff his actions had affected on the night to offer his apologies. In that meeting, I was able to directly address Jack to tell him how humiliated and upset his behaviour made me feel and the fact it’s something that hasn’t left my mind since it happened.

The meeting environment was quite intense; I was afraid to see him again even though he had reached out to me before the face-to-face to offer his apology. There was an agenda, but before we had started, he had said that he would do whatever it takes to make us all feel better. If we wanted him to go hand himself into the police right now, he would do it, offer a public apology, whatever it took to make us all feel better again. I could see and feel he was completely sincere in what he was saying. He said he was disgusted by his own behaviour and that this had been the catalyst for him making real changes to his life.

At the end of the meeting, we all agreed with Jack that a public apology might help prevent this type of behaviour happening again anywhere in the industry and encourage people to step in quicker to stop it. Everyone has a responsibility to intervene when they see something like that happening, and if they don’t feel they can step in, they should go and get help.

That the response to his post on Monday was quite sickening, in that it was hijacked by untruths and lad humour—perhaps this is systematic of UK culture at the moment—is why it is so important for Jack to clarify what happened.

Love Saves The Day:

Jack’s unacceptable behaviour at the event, towards our staff, could not be ignored, which is why we and representatives of our staff met with Jack, and he offered to issue a public apology, and together plant a marker in the sand that this sort of thing can and should not be tolerated in our industry.

Given the reaction to the statement he put up on Monday, and the total misrepresentation of the facts and the issue we were trying to raise, it was important for him to clarify the situation and our staff appreciate he is trying to do this.

Jack has committed to take steps to ensure he never repeats his behaviour in the future, and we all appreciate this, but this is not just about Jack, this is about the industry as a whole and making sure that any kind of behaviour like this is stamped out.

None of our staff wish to pursue the matter any further and have accepted his apologies and support his undertaking to move forward from this in the right way.


Via: Resident Advisor

Photo credit:  Nicolas Schopfer Photography

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