A couple of days ago (May 4th 2019), allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced online against Dan Clermont, guitarist for Floridian pop-rock band, Set It Off.
The allegations came to light from an alleged victim on Twitter, who in their tweet has described the alleged events that unfolded. You can read it in full below.
This is about Dan from SIO. I’m posting this with full awareness of the blowback and harassment that may ensue. All I ask is that you read this and hear my story. Thank you. pic.twitter.com/zNEewfk6Je
— tinabelcherlife (@tinabelcherlif1) May 4, 2019
“I don’t know how to start this off appropriately so I’m just gonna go ahead and dive right in. Last September I was sexually assaulted by Dan Clermont, the guitarist from Set It Off. We spent some time hanging out that night, he said a lot of inappropriate things to me. Especially for someone who has a fiancé. I tried to dodge the awkwardness and wave it off but he kept going. I towards the end of the evening I was completely drunk. Can’t think straight kind of drunk. Can hardly walk drink. Me and a friend of mine ended up having a very long difficult, emotion conversation at one point, something that Dan was a witness to. I was a mess. I couldn’t stop crying, to the point where I felt like I couldn’t breathe. Frankly I can’t recall the last time I was that upset about something. Dan suggested we smoke a blunt, and I thought it was a good idea so I could calm down. However, I didn’t want to be alone with him. But when I tried to call my friends over he hushed me and told me to leave them be so they can have their alone time. We got into my card and smoke a little bit, but it didn’t take much before everything started spinning. My speech was slurred and sloppy. And knowing he had a fiancé, I consented to making out with him. A horrendous, uncharacteristic mistake on my part. I, however, did NOT in ANY WAY consent to him putting his hand in my pants. I didn’t want that. And I tried to push his hand away but he pushed back and I began to hyperventilate. He kept going. Next thing I know I open my door and start puking, while Dan is telling me to shut the door so the people walking up can’t see what’s happening. I shut the door, start wiping the snot and puke from my face, with tears running down my cheeks, and he turns to me smiling and pulls his dick out, expecting me to do something with it. I didn’t move. At some point he got out of my car and left me alone. Two of my best friends came and picked me. I barely remember calling them or the ride back to their house. I’ve held onto this night for half a year now. It haunts me in so many ways. But this truth needs to come out and be heard. It’s taken me until today to work up the courage to write this because every other attempt has been a failure. But I have to. I cannot stand by and let this happen to someone else. I also want to let other women know that they are not alone. If you take away anything from my story, let it be that your voice and your story MATTERS. It matters so much. We deserve to be heard. Thank you for listening.”
The band responded to the allegations soon after on Twitter, stating that they are “reviewing things from all sides internally” and that they will respond further shortly.
We have seen the allegations against one of our band members. As we treat such matters with the utmost seriousness and consideration, we are reviewing things from all sides internally and we will be officially in touch shortly. Thanks everyone and we love you.
— Set It Off (@SetItOff) May 4, 2019
“We have seen the allegations against one of our band members. As we treat such matters with the utmost seriousness and consideration, we are reviewing things from all sides internally and we will be officially in touch shortly. Thanks everyone and we love you.”
At the time of writing, Clermont is yet to respond to the allegations directly.
For those who are facing or who are survivors of sexual abuse, harassment and misconduct, more help and support can be found below.
A Voice For The Innocent: www.avoicefortheinnocent.org
The Survivors Trust: www.thesurvivorstrust.org
Citizens Advice: www.citizensadvice.org.uk