Jackmaster Dropped From Festival Lineups After Admitting to Sexual Harassment at Love Saves The Day Festival
UK DJ and producer Jackmaster admitted to sexually harassing a Love Saves The Day staff member while under the influence of GHB. The admission comes a week after he publicly apologized to the Bristol festival and its staff for what he called "inappropriate" and "offensive" behavior. He has since been dropped from Bristol nightclub complex Motion's upcoming event In:Motion
The Scottish DJ did not originally detail his actions, nor did the festival outline the events when it publicly accepted his apology. The victimized staff member then made an anonymous statement to Resident Advisor in explanation.
"Jack's behaviour on the night towards me crossed the boundaries of acceptability, regardless of the fact he was clearly off his head," the source is quoted. "Myself and other staff that he hurt, offended and upset on the night spoke with the festival management, and decided that the incidents had to be addressed and not ignored."
In a private meeting, Jackmaster and the affected staff agreed that a public apology was in order.
"I am firm believer in equality and treating people with respect," Jackmaster wrote in an Aug. 13 Facebook post. "Although I don’t recognize the person recounted to me, I take full responsibility for my actions and the effect on those involved - I am sorry."
Jackmaster said he's taken steps to change his personal life and behavior to prevent further incidents in the future. The festival also responded to his message, calling the matter "closed."
"We received complaints from our staff as to the behaviour of Jack at our Love Saves The Day Festival this summer," Love Saves The Day wrote. "We took the complaints extremely seriously and fully investigated the incidents. Jack met with us and representatives of the staff involved and showed genuine remorse, full responsibility for his actions plus an undertaking to ensure that his behaviour would never be repeated at any event in the future."
The victim in question, however, was not so easily assuaged. She told RA his apology was "hijacked by untruths and lad humour," and says, "It is so important for Jack to clarify what happened."
Jackmaster issued a second, more specific apology to RA.
"I was abusive and acted lewdly and inappropriately towards numerous members of staff at the festival—both female and male—during a drug-induced blackout, which I had put myself into after my performance by drinking a substance called GHB," he is quoted. "During the ensuing blackout, my actions involved attempting to kiss and grab people against their will. I am truly disgusted and ashamed of myself, and I do not wish to use my substance abuse as an excuse for my actions. This type of behaviour should not be tolerated—and was completely out of character from me."
Check his original apology, the festival's response, and Motion Bristol's statement regarding Jackmaster's cancellation below. Read the full statements from the victim, Love Saves the Day and the second apology from Jackmaster via RA.
1/3— Motion Bristol (@MotionBristol) August 17, 2018
In light of recent events, news on Resident Advisor and as a mark of respect to those affected, Motion and Jackmaster have mutually agreed for Jack to not appear at our upcoming This Is In:Motion event.
2/3— Motion Bristol (@MotionBristol) August 17, 2018
As always, Motion operates a zero tolerance policy toward any behaviour of this kind.
Should one of our customers or staff ever witness or become subject to sexual harassment we ask for you to speak to one of our trained members of staff who -
3/3— Motion Bristol (@MotionBristol) August 17, 2018
- will deal with the situation appropriately. If you would like some more information about our zero tolerance policy feel free to get in contact with us via FB or email.