The Facebook message has since been taken down, but she reposted the accusations on Instagram.
Carlile released his own statement on Instagram, wherein he denied the allegations and described them as defamatory.
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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?
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.