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Update: Flying Lotus appears to defend The Gaslamp Killer: “The Internet is a fucking liar”

on October 17, 2017, 9:50am

Photo by Amy Price

The Gaslamp Killer was recently accused of drugging and raping two women in July 2013. The DJ/producer legally known as William Benjamin Bensussen has denied the allegations, but a number of parties closely associated with him have already distanced themselves from the incident. In particular, Brainfeeder, one of his former labels, has spoken up.

“The allegations against the Gaslamp Killer come as a complete shock,” read a statement from the label, which was founded by Flying Lotus in 2008 and over the years has worked with the likes of Thundercat and Kamasi Washington. “Brainfeeder has always been a safe, inclusive space for artists of all types and we do not condone assault in any shape or form. We did not have any knowledge of the alleged incidents, and condemn any such actions across the board.”

However, in an interesting turn of events, it appears Flying Lotus himself has now come to the defense of Bensussen. During a concert in Los Angeles this past Saturday, FlyLo ended his set with references to the allegations made against his colleague and former label signee, according to fans who were in attendance (via reddit).

“The Internet is a fucking liar,” he said, per a video captured by one of the fans. “Ain’t nobody judge and jury but the fuckin’ law, okay?” he went on. “Let truth and justice have its day.” FlyLo reportedly then ended the show, choosing to exit the stage while a Gaslamp Killer song played on in the background. “We were all totally shocked, couldn’t believe what was happening,” concert goer Mike Prysner noted on Twitter.

Check out footage of what went down below, followed by tweets from other audience members. Consequence of Sound has reached out to FlyLo’s representatives for comment.

Update – October 17th: Flying Lotus has clarified his comments in an interview with HipHopDX, saying in words were taken out of context. “There was a lot longer of a speech. It would be awesome to show the whole video. I came at it from a humble place.” Nevertheless, FlyLo offered an apology, adding:

“I wanted to sincerely apologize for my comments at my show. I realize they were insensitive. This is a tough time for all of us, as men and women. I’m having trouble finding my voice in all of this. I am truly heartbroken. My stage has always been a place for what’s in my heart until now. I feel as internet-wielding people, we have to learn to give each other space to feel, to honor each other’s reactions and experiences without bullying. I care about this community and its impact so much.”

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