Multiple women have accused FYF Fest founder, Sean Carlson, of sexual assault and misconduct.
On November 15th, four women came forward to SPIN about Carlson’s alleged misconduct that spanned from 2010 to 2015. One woman stated that Carlson “kept coming up to [her] and trying to take [her] bra top off.” Another woman states she ran into Carlson at a party. She went to the restroom and he proceeded to “force his way in behind [her] and tried to make out with [her].”
Carlson has admitted that two of the allegations are true while discrediting the other. He has since released a statement:
“My conduct in both of these incidents was inexcusable,” he writes in his statement. “I am genuinely, unequivocally sorry. I lay fault at no one’s feet but my own. I am ashamed by how I acted and feel terrible for the pain that I have caused. Actions speak louder than words. In December 2015, my years of recklessness and selfishness hit a breaking point; I had to make a promise to family and friends that I would change, or risk finally exhausting what remained of their compassion and support. I gave up alcohol for good, I embraced therapy, and I asked, sincerely, that my family and friends forgive me. Nevertheless, these corrective actions do not excuse my reprehensible conduct, and are small solace to those whose pain I am so sorry to have caused.”
Goldenvoice, FYF Fest’s parent company, has cut ties with Carlson.