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Maynard James Keenan (Tool, A Perfect Circle) Responds to Rape Allegation

A Twitter user alleges Keenan raped her on a Nine Inch Nails tour in 2000, when she was 17 and he was 36.

by Shaad D’Souza
29 June 2018, 8:39am

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Maynard James Keenan, frontman of metal acts Tool and A Perfect Circle, has responded to an allegation of rape made against him earlier this week.

Last Friday, Twitter user IWas17HeWas36 shared a thread in which she alleges that Keenan raped her and gave her an STD at an A Perfect Circle show in 2000, when she was 17 and Keenan was 36. Read the full thread on Twitter. (Warning: Thread contains discussion of sexual assault.)

Today, Keenan has shared a response via Twitter. “Many thanks to those of you who saw right through this despicable false claim that only does damage to the #metoo movement,” he wrote, “and shame on those of you who perpetuate this destructive clickbait. As for my delayed but un-required response, I had my phone off. You should try it.”

This story will be updated as it develops.

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This article originally appeared on Noisey AU.