CONTENT WARNING: The following article discusses allegations of sexual assault
A range of bizarre and disturbing allegations have surfaced against former frontman of horror-punk band Aiden, William Control.
As The Daily Beast reports, multiple women have come forward to accuse the emo musician of a range of gross crimes, including physical, sexual and emotional abuse.
The website’s investigative report includes graphic descriptions of violent acts, with the women involved claiming that Control, real name William Francis, lured them into a “sex cult” from a young age, where he brutally beat them, made them tattoo his initials on their bodies in a sick branding ritual and forced them to sign contracts in blood.
A 22-year-old woman named Vitoria Chan first aired her allegations against Francis on Facebook earlier this month, claiming that the musician “targets young emotionally unstable women into becoming BDSM sex slaves”.
“I started to get groomed into this cult when I was 14 years old,” she argued.
Another woman, identified only as Lily, told The Daily Beast that Francis anally raped her.
“He had me sign a contract, and the contract had to be signed in my blood,” she claimed, adding that the muso “wanted me to change my appearance, lose weight—I developed an eating disorder. There were rules, and he would make me film myself doing various degrading sex acts.”
While Stormie Somers, who dated Francis for nine years, told the website that in October of 2010, Francis “summoned” her to a hotel room in Los Angeles, where he violently assaulted her.
“He collapsed my throat, dislocated my jaw, he gave me black eyes, a contusion to my spine,” Somers said, adding that Francis used her to help him recruit other women into the “sex cult”.
However, upon reviewing the evidence against Francis, police in Federal Way, Washington have declined to prosecute him.
William Control has since taken to Facebook to argue for his innocence.
“I went into the police for questioning about these allegations earlier this year,” he writes. “After showing the detective my side of the story, including private communication, he recommended no charges be pressed, because it was clear the behaviour was consensual.
“I have in the past, engaged in heavy role play and bondage relationships WITH consent,” he continues. “However, I do not engage in that sort of play anymore. And for anyone who feels as though I have hurt them or violated their consent, I am sorry. It won’t ever happen again. There are lots of things that have been said that are outright lies. I have never been with underage girls. I have never been involved in a ‘sex cult’.”
Read his full post below.