Women in Music 2016

Black Flag Founder Greg Ginn Accused of Abusing His Daughters

Robert Kenney
Black Flag

On Oct. 10, Greg Ginn's ex-wife Marina went to court suggesting that the founder of seminal hardcore band Black Flag is mistreating his daughters. This is the latest in a series of legal situations for Ginn, who plays lead guitar, wrote many of the band's songs, and owned the famous label SST.

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In papers filed with a court in Texas and obtained by Consequence of Sound, Marina Ginn suggested that her daughters "have complained that [Greg Ginn's] behavior has recently grown increasingly erratic, that he is routinely denying them food and threatening them, that he is increasingly abusing acohol and drugs in front of them, and that they have witnessed confrontations and physical violence at the building where they live."

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Marina alleges that in addition to yelling at his children, telling them to "shut the f--- up,'" and accusing them of laziness, Ginn sometimes feeds them nothing but lettuce and vinegar. He also "tells them, 'you're hot,' and whistles at them."

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Ginn has been accused of violent behavior before. Last year, he kicked Black Flag's latest lead vocalist, Ron Reyes, out of the group, and Reyes claimed things got so intense that "Greg threatened my family."

Ginn also sued his ex-bandmates over using the Black Flag name.