Austin Carlile: Woman Accuses Singer of Rape & Says Alternative Press Magazine Buried Story

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Austin Carlile, the former frontman for the band Of Mice & Men, has been accused of rape and sexual assault by Caitlyn Stiffler, a woman who posted her accusations on Facebook.

The Facebook message has since been taken down, but she reposted the accusations on Instagram.

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I originally shared this in my stories & on Facebook, but I don’t want it to disappear. I want anyone who needs to see this to see it. Dear @altpress, Remember when over 15 girls shared their stories with you about this serial rapist? Because I do. I was one of them. Now you want to not only share HIS nonsense, but you want to put his name next to Jesus? No, just, no. It’s not okay. The alternative community has followed you for YEARS. I followed your stories so closely all through high school and watched my artist friends be featured by your magazine. To be contacted by you to share my story, in hopes that it wouldn’t keep happening to other girls, felt like a dream. Finally there was something I could do, considering I was told by law enforcement that there was nothing else I could hope for with no physical evidence. I never thought anyone would believe me or take this seriously, then there was your magazine asking us to share. He not only raped girls, probably more than anyone even knows about, he was a predator seeking out underage girls by using his position in the music industry to do so. He threatened you with a lawsuit and you backed down. I get it, who would want to be involved in that when you could just… not. That was your choice, a choice none of us had. We can’t just let it go and forget. I for one had hoped that you would at the very least stop featuring him. Guess I was wrong to hope that. He needs CANCELLED. Get him out of these kids’ faces who believe he’s a good person deserving of recognition. #cancelaustincarlile #austincarlile If you feel comfortable, please share this. Girls need to know what he’s capable of doing. He can’t hide from this forever and I can’t stand by anymore wondering if he’s out there doing this to anyone else.

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Carlile released his own statement on Instagram, wherein he denied the allegations and described them as defamatory.

Here’s what you need to know:


Alternative Press Heard Allegations From 15 Women but Never Ran the Story for ‘Legal Purposes’

In the Instagram post, Stiffler said she was one of 15 women to share their stories of being sexually assaulted by Carlile with Alternative Press magazine. She also accused Alternative Press, a music magazine that has described itself as having a “female-led and lgbtq+ editorial staff,” of hiding the story:

To be contacted by you to share my story, in hopes that it wouldn’t keep happening to other girls, felt like a dream. Finally, there was something I could do, considering I was told by law enforcement that there was nothing else I could hope for with no physical evidence. I never thought anyone would believe me or take this seriously, then there was your magazine asking us to share.

Alternative Press has written about Carlile before in stories that covered his life with Marfan syndrome and why he left the band Of Mice & Men.

Stiffler’s husband Jonathan described himself in a Twitter thread as “shocked” and “disgusted” that Alternative Press would give Carlile a platform without addressing any of the allegations that he said women made in “gruesome detail.”

In response to the Stifflers’ accusations, Alternative Press said it was prevented from running the story out of legal concerns.

Carlile himself has not yet responded publicly to any of the allegations.

Carlile’s former bandmates shared a statement in which they did not name him but did say they “absolutely condemn sexual violence and harassment in any form.” They also said they had no part in suppressing any articles.


Carlile Has Denied the Allegations

Carlile released a statement on June 18 addressing the allegations:

“In my younger years, I absolutely was not the best person, but I have never physically abused, preyed upon, forced myself upon, or drugged any woman. These accusations are false and defamatory.

I am not a perfect person: I smoked marijuana daily, drank often, got into fights and acted like a jerk more times than I can count. I did things and acted in ways that I am not proud of, but never have I violated anyone. These ‘accusations’ being thrown around on social media, in our current ‘cancel culture’ climate, are extremely heinous and completely without merit.

My wife is a molestation and rape survivor, and I have personally seen the deep, long-standing pain that she battles with every day. I have spent years surrendering my flesh over to God, allowing Him to constantly improve who I am as a man, husband, and father. During this past week, I have even had the joy of seeing the heartbeat of my new child for the very first time. Today, I am focused on supporting my pregnant wife, our daughter, this new blessing in our lives, my health, my wife’s health, and striving to be a better person every day.

These accusations have been investigated by the appropriate authorities as well as independent journalists and were determined to be unfounded. I apologize to the Marfan Foundation, I Am Second, my former bandmates and any of our dedicated fans who have been unjustly brought into this controversy and wish them all nothing but the best.

All women deserve to feel safe, supported, and heard, but these unjust attacks upon my family and accusations against me, are decades-old claims that are unfounded.”


Who Is Austin Carlile?

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GettyCarlile of Of Mice and Men performing in Nashville, Tennessee in 2015.

Carlile formed Of Mice & Men in 2009 after fronting the band Attack Attack!, Consequence of Sound reported.

He was well-known for publicizing the effects of Marfan syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that affects the body’s connective tissues.

In a tweet, he said that his disorder had caused him to experience broken ribs, a dural tear in the back of his head and hip pain. He also said that the pain was so intense, he “couldn’t perform in any sexual activity for over 2 months, myself or with partner, etc.”

The band was actually forced to cancel a tour in Europe due to Carlile’s condition, Alternative Press reported.

Carlile announced at the end of 2016 that he was leaving the band and said he wished them “the best of luck” without him, the magazine reported.

According to Alternative Press, Carlile told an Instagram fan that he left because the band wasn’t going to let him write what he wanted on the next record. In his Twitter statement, he said that he would continue playing music in Costa Rica.

Carlile’s most recent Tweets feature messages about the return of God.

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