Flying Lotus has walked back comments he made on stage in Los Angeles in which he appeared to defend The Gaslamp Killer and criticize the woman who has accused him of rape. FlyLo ended an October 14 set at a Red Bull event by playing a Gaslamp Killer song and saying, "The internet is a fuckin’ liar."
Following widespread coverage of the comments, the L.A. producer has issued an apology in which he opened up about his feelings and admitted to being in the wrong. “I wanted to sincerely apologize for my comments at my show. I realize they were insensitive," he told HipHopDX.
"This is a tough time for all of us, 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.”
The day before FlyLo's L.A. show Twitter user @chelseaelaynne accused The Gaslamp Killer, real name William Bensussen, of drugging and raping her and her friend in 2013. Later that day Bensussen denied the allegations, and wrote that he would "never hurt or endanger a woman."