Gaslamp Killer Accused of Rape, Denies Allegations in Statement

The Gaslamp Killer, 2017
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The Gaslamp Killer performs at City National Civic on Feb. 2, 2017 in San Jose, Calif.

A woman took to Twitter on Thursday night (Oct. 12) and accused DJ/producer The Gaslamp Killer (real name: William Benjamin Bensussen) of drugging and raping her and a friend in 2013.

Read her detailed first-person account below.

"ReaAn and i have tried to completely supressed (sic) the memory for 4 years," writes Twitter user @chelsealaynne. "The days and weeks following we were in such shock we couldn't talk about it to each other. we felt disgusted and didn't want to believe it was real. the more i thought about it the more real it became, so i buried it as deep as i could."

She said she would have tagged Bensussen on Twitter but found she had been blocked. She also tweeted what appears to be a screenshot of Bensussen messaging her friend, “Can we please talk right now? Your friend is accusing me of rape and I need you to back me up here.”

After Billboard Dance reached out to Bensussen for comment, he responded with the following statement:

My name is William, 

I think it’s important that I be a part of this conversation. Firstly, I want it to be known that I would never hurt or endanger a woman. I would never drug a woman, and I would never put anyone in a situation where they were not in control, or take anything that they weren’t offering. Consent is intimate, and has left room for people who were not present to wonder what happened. In this case consent was between three people, in the form of an offer which I accepted. Allegations carry a lot of weight on social media these days, and the bravery of women who expose their stories can create necessary dialogue that leads to real change. But Chelsea’s version of this story is not true. I am thankful that I have been contacted by witnesses and my roommates at the time, in support. Please know that while I am shocked, I take this all very seriously. It is all so sensitive and needs to be treated with the utmost care and attention. 


New Zealand music festival Northern Bass, which Bensussen was booked to play in December, posted the following statement:

Bensussen was also scheduled to play at Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival tonight, but the event has now been canceled. "Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival has chosen to cancel the Low End Theory show," a post on the fest's Facebook page reads. "This is not the appropriate time to present these artists in light of the allegations that were made last night." Read the full post below.

Billboard Dance will continue to follow and update this story as it develops.