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Otep Drops Off Civil Unrest Tour, Alleges Sexual Assault

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Update: Terror Universal has now parted ways with its front man without stating a specific reason for the split, but it appears likely to be triggered by these events.

Otep has dropped off The Civil Unrest Tour due to issues with another band slated to be on the bill, with front woman Otep Shamaya alleging sexual assault on the part of that group's front man. The Otep Facebook page released this message to fans:

"Before the rumor mill begins: We dropped off the Civil Unrest tour because Terror Universal's molester singer violently grabbed my crotch on our last tour. He’s a drunken joke and a fucking scumbag. He’s lucky security handled it before I or my band could.

"We gave them a shot to play in front of our fans and we were repaid by this drunken jackass violating me during the meet and greet in front of our fans.

"We made it very clear that we will never play any show that has Terror Universal on it. We don’t tolerate any kind of passive sexual violence. We owe that to our fans and I never want to experience anything like that again especially from an opening act we were trying to help by giving them exposure to our TRIBE.

"We will be headlining in May-June and give the TRIBE a proper RIOT without any pants rapists on the bill. Onwards & upwards."

However it appears not everyone agrees with Otep's recounting of events, as The Civil Unrest Tour's Facebook page was just updated with this message in response:

"Otep is not telling the truth. The Civil Unrest Tour and its affiliates do not support the violation of another individuals personal space, rape, violence against women or any person for that matter.
Many of us have families and children. We would never stand for or beside the kind of behavior that Otep is falsely accusing others of perpetrating.

"What we do support is the TRUTH. The truth is that Otep's business team confirmed Otep for this tour for certain financial terms and Otep's team breached their own agreement after announcement and attempted to blackmail and extort the agency responsible for the tour with slanderous defamation threats against the agency, the bands and all parties involved, in an attempt to secure more money...

"It truly is a sad state of affairs in the music industry and the world where blatant slander about a very serious accusation becomes business practice for an artist now known as notorious for canceling tours in the 11th hour.

"Stay tuned for more updates as Civil Unrest moves forward beyond this disgusting abuse of social media and public trust."

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1. coldiem writes:

So, a headliner drops off tour due to alleged drunken antics of an opening act, is subsequently called out by organiser.

Something there kinda smells like bullshiat. I'm pretty sure if this actually happened you wouldn't be keeping the opener around. You'd appease the headliner. Also, what is a "pants rapist"? Is that someone who rapes pants?

Oh, and where are their fans in all of this? Well, either screwed or buying another ticket for a different show. What a lousy way to deal with the situation...

Given the varying accounts it's hard to draw a definite opinion on the matter but I have to admit it really lends itself to prima-donnaism run amok with just a dash of malice.

# Mar 23, 2015 @ 8:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. BrunoHockalugie writes:

Multiple Choice:
A) Terror Universal singer was simply crotch-checking Otep to solve the eternal question, "is Otep a man, a woman...or both?"
B) The rape obsessed Otep is crying wolf
C) Otep was "pants raped" due to a combination of unbelievable good looks and cheap Whiskey
D) Otep's pants came home from a night out with Terror Universal singer and Otep could tell something was not right. Although the pants would not admit it to Otep she is certain that some sort of "pants rape" did in fact occur and is removing herself, her band and her violated pants from the tour for safety reasons before a repeat incident can occur

# Mar 24, 2015 @ 4:42 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Drum_Junkie writes:

LOL @ Bruno...

One more thing that Otep does better than any man... pulling out.

There are obviously large gaps of missing information here. Some questions that this raises in my mind:

Why is this just now being reported?

If this happened during a meet and greet, then where are the witnesses to come forward to confirm the allegations? (Surely someone showed up, right?)

If the TU singer (violently?) grabbed her crotch, how was it that security was able to handle it quicker than she or her band could? I mean where the he|| was security that they could react so swiftly - in her crotch? Ninja security?

Does it really make sense that a co-headlining band would cancel its tour dates all because of a single altercation from one member of a smaller opening act? I understand that Terror Universal is made up of members or former members of IllNino, Machine Head and Soulfly, but really how much pull did they have?

If her account is true, what else can we expect from the Poet Shamalahma when they set-up future tours? Background checks on all venue owners? Refusal to play at any club where she previously had a bad experience? A rider stipulating LGBT preference for admission?

I don't want to minimize the seriousness of the allegations, but there are some holes in the story that have yet to be filled. (no pun intended)

# Mar 24, 2015 @ 2:52 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. hellrat writes:

haha, definitely A.) Brun...he was just giving ITep the ol Dundee no

hey you gonna be at wiltern Friday night? My bud and I are rolling down, maybe see you there bro

NP---The Book of Sand---ATG

# Mar 24, 2015 @ 8:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. G*P*Q writes:

You know, if some a$$hole made me feel uncomfortable during the last time I was around them, I wouldn't want to work a show with them on the bill either. Otep can make it up to the fans at a later date, but Otep did the right thing for herself... \m/

# Mar 25, 2015 @ 1:32 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. jay edwards writes:

Otep is a known bulls#iter and selfish twat, I would not be surprised at all if the TU camps statement was true not to mention why any sane minded homosapien would attempt a fire crotch grab on that chick, her track record back/off stage over the years has been perceived as lazy, stubborn, selfish and fabricated, why any bands of significance would want to tour with that freak show is a total head scratcher.

# Mar 25, 2015 @ 3:09 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Blindgreed1 writes:


# Mar 25, 2015 @ 11:20 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. americanpatriot1 writes:

What's her snatch is a well known vocal FemiNazi Liberal. By default she should be taken with a grain of salt. Besides, it's OTEP. A female fronted version of RATM. Repetitive politics backed by uninspired music. In the simplest of terms, OTEP are butt.

# Apr 7, 2015 @ 1:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. xFiruath writes:

Added an updated link at the top of the story: Terror Universal just split with the band's vocalist.

# Apr 9, 2015 @ 2:54 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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