A prominent Perth music promoter has been dumped by his own company following sexual misconduct claims.
Dave Cutbush, the promoter behind touring company Life is Noise who also had a long association with Perth community radio station RTRFM, has found himself at the centre of allegations of “unacceptable behaviour towards women”.
Dave Cutbush has been prominent in the Perth music scene for more than a decade. Photo: Supplied
Life is Noise issued a statement on Friday morning saying “Dave will no longer have any involvement or association” with the company.
Jack Midalia, who runs the Melbourne arm of the business, said he took reports about the behaviour of Cutbush seriously.
Life is Noise was established in Perth by Dave Cutbush. Photo: Kate Hedley
Brisbane outfit Siberian Hell Sounds issued a statement saying they would donate the payment they received from a previous Life is Noise gig to a women’s shelter.
“We will no longer be playing or attending any Life is Noise events,” the band said.
US metal band Sleep have cancelled an upcoming tour following the allegations.
“It is with great regret that we must cancel our planned tour of New Zealand and Australia this coming January,” the band posted on Facebook.
“We hope to arrange another tour with a new promoter or touring company, to be determined at a future date.”
Cutbush released a statement on Friday afternoon saying he was “genuinely and deeply sorry”. Dave Cutbush statement
To everyone this may concern,
I would like to address the accusations levelled in social media and beyond about my conduct. It is true that in the past I have acted poorly and in a manner that is inappropriate and sleazy.
Using my male privilege to gain sexual favours has been disrespectful towards women. I have used my position in the music industry to my advantage. I have propositioned women much younger than me and have behaved creepily in person at music events and online.
I wish to apologise to the many women I have hurt. However, I don’t expect forgiveness. It has taken me too long to realise I have created situations which made women in the music community and beyond feel uncomfortable or unsafe. I’m now committed to examining my actions and learning ways to change.
The #metoo campaign and more recently the #menomore campaign has been weighing heavily on my mind. I thought this day would come when my actions and behaviours would be exposed, and I deserve to be found out.
Specifically, I would like to apologise to the young girl in Sydney I asked out for a drink. This was a few years ago and she was 16 at the time, and this proposition was not appropriate as I was almost 20 years older. I am sorry for that. It was entirely out of line.
Whilst I have acted shamefully and said things I regret, I have at no stage physically or sexually abused anyone. This is something of which I am certain. Any allegations to the contrary are untrue.
I have been removed, effective immediately as a Director of Life Is Noise and will have no future involvement in the company. I would like to offer my sincere apologies to my former business partner, whom is in no way responsible for my actions and behaviours.
I humbly acknowledge these mistakes have not just affected the many women I have hurt but everyone around me, my family, friends and colleagues who have stuck up for me over the years. I sincerely apologise to you all.
But most of all I am sorry to the many women I have treated inappropriately, hit on, been sleazy towards or any other negative, disrespectful behaviour. Should anyone wish to speak with me in person, I am here to offer you my apology face to face. There are no excuses for what I have done.
I am also seeking treatment for substance abuse problems which is not an excuse for my behaviour but an explanation of the context surrounding such poor actions.
I want to respectfully acknowledge my wrongs and educate myself to be a more compassionate human and show more respect to women.
I will be taking time to deeply reflect on ways to change and be a better person. None of these words makes this right. But I am genuinely and deeply sorry.
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