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With the conversation surrounding sexual harassment and assault in the forefront today many women are stepping out and sharing their experiences.
Back in March, a student at the University of New Mexico named Xian Bass revealed that Miguel had allegedly sexually assaulted her at a show as she shared her account. She says he “reache[d] his hand down my shirt and [took] my breast out of my top” after asking for a photo.
After initially going to the LAPD, she revealed to Spin her decision to not go ahead and try to press charges.
“I didn’t want to [file the report] because black lives matter,” she said. “I [didn’t] want to because I do not want to put another brown man in jail. I [didn’t] want to because I [didn’t] want to be re-traumatised by going to law enforcement. However, yes, I did. I didn’t want to, but I do know that for other people who may have been abused or assaulted or whatever, maybe this will help them as well.”
Miguel answered those claims yesterday (Dec 12) with a tweet denying any wrongdoing through a publicist.
“I felt I had already addressed how bizarre and twisted this accusation was when I was asked about it in March. Her story of what transpired is not accurate and the accusation is unfair and unwarranted.”
You can see the original claim by Bass below.
Dear Miguel, I used to be a fan of your music. I was a fan of your music until you blatantly disrespected my body in a public place. There is nothing I did or said that warranted this disgusting display of entitlement, rape culture, and male privilege. I approached you respectfully and you still decided my body was not sacred enough to be treated as a human being. After we took this photo, you took it upon yourself to grab my breast and remove it from my shirt WITHOUT CONSENT. You then proceeded to look at my naked breast with such a disgusting look on your face. It’s still embedded in my memory. The sneer of your lip and salivating mouth is making my stomach turn. I really don’t understand why you would do that to someone who approached you as a fan. I’m beyond disgusted right now. Are you used to treating random female strangers this way? Have you gotten away with this in the past? Well, it stops HERE and NOW. I will not sit in shameful silence and allow sexual assault to be normalized. #toxicmasculinity #maleprivilege #violated #rapecultureisreal #celebrityprivilege #iwasntaskingforit #speakup #speakupspeakout #nomiguel