Jon Lent, who played in Mac DeMarco's band, has been sentenced to two years in jail for sexual assault, Pitchfork reports. Lent was arrested in December 2018 following an incident in Edmonton in the April of that year.
Going by "S," the woman who Lent assaulted told Pitchfork that she met the multi-instrumentalist, who joined the band in 2015, through being a fan of DeMarco's music and connecting with the band on social media. “I had really loved Mac DeMarco for a long time before I met Jon, and that was the reason why I ever met him, because I was following all the people from the band on Instagram,” she wrote in an email. "S" also expressed her disappointment at both men's lack of acknowledgement over the case. “It has been almost six months since Jon was convicted and neither Jon nor Mac have said anything to address the situation. I now know that I was wrong to believe that legal justice also means accountability.”
A representative for DeMarco shared this statement with Pitchfork: “Lent first told Mac about the sexual assault allegations in April 2021. Mac has not spoken to Lent since that conversation. Lent last played with Mac in January 2020. Upon learning of these allegations, Lent was immediately removed from the Mac DeMarco Band.” Via his representative, DeMarco added, “I am no longer personally associated with Lent. I would like to respect the privacy of the survivor.”