Tool's Maynard James Keenan Calls Rape Allegation a 'Despicable False Claim'

Maynard James Keenan
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Maynard James Keenan wins the Icon award at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards 2018 held at indigo at The O2 in London on June 11, 2018.

He said the anonymous story, which was posted to social media last week, "does damage to the #metoo movement."

Tool, A Perfect Circle and Puscifer frontman Maynard James Keenan is denying a rape allegation made on social media last week, calling it a "despicable false claim."

In a Twitter post on Thursday (June 28), Keenan wrote, "Many thanks to those of you who saw right through this despicable false claim that only does damage to the #metoo movement. And shame on those of you who perpetuate this destructive clickbait. As for my delayed but un-required response, I had my phone off. You should try it."

On June 22, anonymous Twitter user @IWas17HeWas36 shared an alleged story from 2000 when A Perfect Circle was on tour with Nine Inch Nails. She wrote that the 36-year-old singer noticed her in the crowd, while she was watching with her boyfriend, and threw a water bottle in her direction. Soon thereafter, she said, a woman from Keenan's crew approached her and asked if she would like to meet the band. The woman only had one pass, so @IWas17HeWas36 said she told her boyfriend she would be right back and was allegedly escorted backstage, where Keenan "was sitting on a picnic table and was staring at [her]."

She says Keenan signed an autograph on her hand and asked how old she was; she told him she was 17. From there, she claims, he told her, "I can't talk to you here. Let's go watch a movie," and pulled her to his tour bus. He allegedly led her to a bed in the back and put on a film before he started rubbing her neck and taking his pants off. "All I could do was sit there, looking at the movie, unable to move," @IWas17HeWas36 wrote. She then claims he raped her without a condom, giving her human papillomavirus (HPV) in the process. 

"I don't remember the next few minutes but I do remember this- my boyfriend was waiting for me at the doorway where I had been lead," she continued. "His face was sick with worry. I didn't want to upset him so I kept it to myself."

@IWas17HeWas36 said it was because of the Time's Up and #MeToo movements that she felt she could come forward with her story, although she was still afraid to use her real name. "I've carried a sense of deep shame from this assault for many years," she wrote. "I thought it was my fault. How could I let him do this to me? But he was 36. I was 17. He knew exactly what he was getting away with. What could I have done differently? My body was paralyzed."