Fullerton’s Burger Records have issued a statement regarding allegations made against artists on their roster.
On July 18, 2020 the Instagram account, lured_by_burger_records appeared as a platform to “serve as a space” for individuals who were “preyed on” by artists or members affiliated with Burger Records.
The Instagram account shared stories alleging abuse and sexual misconduct by members of Gap Dream, Part Time, Phil from Love Cop, Audacity, No Parents, The Growlers, and The Buttertones– who are not a “Burger Band.”
The uprise of stories shared came on the heels after several Instagram posts, most notably by Clementine (Clem) Creevy of Cherry Glazerr, which Creevy shared a similar story of sexual abuse with Sean Redman of The Buttertones.
“I want to talk about Sean Redman, bassist of the Buttertones, who also made music with me, and the recent post made by @Chloeraznik about him,” said Creevy.
“I want to start by saying how unbelievably brave you are for telling your story. It actually reminds me a lot of my own story. Sean Redman started a relationship with me when I was 14 and he was 20. He and I met at a music workshop in Hollywood. I was going into 9th grade. He asked for my number and started texting me. I told him I was 16, to which he replied, ‘Thats okay I still feel like a kid myself most of the time.’ We eventually met up at his apartment where he, much to my surprise, had sex with me. I was not expecting it, nor was I ready. I remember feeling confused and uncomfortable that he was trying to have sex with me but I went along with it. He also insisted on not using protecting and gave me HPV. That was the first time I had sex.”
Burger Records issued a statement citing the allegations as “grooming of girls for sex” and reiterated their zero-tolerance policy.
“Several stories have been brought to our attention about some Burger artists engaging in the grooming of underage girls for sex, relationships built on power imbalance, and the solicitation of pornography from minors,” Burger Records said in a statement shared on all social media accounts. “With this in mind, we want to remind all of our artists, and inform the Burger community at large that we have a long-standing zero-tolerance policy for this sort of behavior. Zero-tolerance means complete removal from all Burger platforms, destruction of physical media, and an end to our dealings with you, no questions asked, and no exceptions given. If your situation calls for it, we will report you to the proper authorities. We have taken these actions with the artists that were reported to us in the past day, with the exception of removal of the offending artists catalog. We are donating profits from sales of that artist to charity at the victims request.”
Many took to the post to share their own stories and pressure the label to reveal names, where Burger Records said on Facebook “It’s Part Time, Phil from Love Cop and probably more to come.”
In response, the platform (@lured_by_burger_records) noted that the record label allegedly removed “over 500 comments” and were “silencing” victims’ stories.
“Please share. Burger Records turned off and removed over 500 comments on their last Instagram post. The silencing is heinous and their complicity is blatant. Please share this post to amplify those preyed on at the hands of people involved with Burger Records, and in their very spaces. Thank you.”