Boyd Tinsley, former Dave Matthews Band violinist who was recently accused of using his industry clout to sexually assault, harass, and groom a young musician, is disputing allegations of sexual misconduct. In a statement issued through his publicist on Friday, Boyd said: “I’m truly hurt by the one-sided account that appeared on a blog about me yesterday. I only wish the reporter had spoken to me first, so they would have heard the truth.”“I will defend myself against these false accusations,” he added. “I can only assume the motivation for the article and the lawsuit filed against me. These accusations have caused embarrassment for my family, my friends and my fans. I will fight both in and out of court to repair the damage that has been done.”Originally published by Consequence of Sound on Thursday, the allegations were leveled by James Frost-Winn, a 28-year-old Seattle-based trumpet player who formerly worked with Tinsley in the band Crystal Garden in 2015 and 2016. Frost-Winn filed a lawsuit against Tinsley in Washington State on May 17th seeking $9 million in damages and alleging that Tinsley created a “hostile work environment” in which sex-based demands were intertwined with the band’s success.The author of the CoS story, Jessica Lipskey, “reached out to Tinsley and his representatives on four separate times prior to the story being published,” according to the publication. “She never received a response.”Responding to Tinsley’s statement of denial, a lawyer for Frost-Winn provided a statement to Rolling Stone: “We are disappointed in Mr. Tinsley’s complete lack of personal responsibility for his actions. Further, multiple media sources have indicated that they reached out to Mr. Tinsley and that he made no attempt to become a part of the conversation. His statement ‘I only wish the reporter had spoken to me first’ is disingenuous at best. Mr. Tinsley continues to show a lack of understanding of the obligation to not exploit an employee for sexual gratification. We will continue to move forward with our claims, and look forward to our day in court.”Furthermore, responding to Thursday’s news, Dave Matthews Band told Consequence of Sound that Tinsley is “no longer a member of the band”. They added that they were “shocked by these disturbing allegations and we were not previously aware of them.”Thursday’s report detailed Frost-Winn’s disturbing accusations, which go as far back as 2009. The story describes Tinsley’s attempts to groom Frost-Winn over many years by developing a friendship and working relationship with the young trumpeter. Frost-Winn also detailed numerous instances in which Tinsley sent him sexually suggestive and explicit text messages as well as one instance in which Frost-Winn allegedly woke up to find Tinsley masturbating next to him while grabbing his butt. (You can read the full report here).As previously reported, Tinsley announced a hiatus from Dave Matthews Band on February 2nd of this year (which turns out to be the same day that Frost-Winn issued his first demand letter to settle his assault and harassment claims against Tinsley outside of court). At the time, the 54-year-old violinist tweeted, “I need to take a break from the band & touring 2 focus on my family & my health 4 a while”.Dave Matthews first commented on Boyd Tinsley’s departure earlier this week—before the sexual assault and harassment allegations came to light—in an interview with Vulture. The Dave Matthews Band frontman explained, “I have a deep love for Boyd, and he has to deal with his stuff. In many ways I’m sure it would’ve been a lot easier for him to just say, ‘I’m good. Let’s go play.’ But you can’t just throw yourself away, your wellness away, because you play violin in a band. It doesn’t make any sense to do that.” Matthews also added that he didn’t know if Tinsley would be rejoining the lineup at a later date, though it now appears that the violinist has been officially removed from the band. Tinsley’s work will still be present on DMB’s upcoming album Come Tomorrow, due out June 8, 2018.
LUKAS KEAPPROTH/Herald photoFollowing a big road win at Indiana, the Wisconsin Badgers are one step away from finding themselves in a bowl game. The win against the Hoosiers came in dominating fashion, as the Badgers shut out Indiana in the second half. The defense played a solid game and got contributions from everyone, especially at the linebacker position.Culmer St. Jean was inserted into the lineup following an injury sustained by starting middle linebacker Jaevery McFadden. St. Jean, a sophomore from Naples, Fla., saw all the extensive work pay off, and he got his first extended game action of the season.“To get to apply the hard work against an actual opponent felt real good,” St. Jean said.The talented second-year linebacker started two games for UW last season and has waited for another opportunity to contribute to the defense during the 2008 campaign. St. Jean understands his role but is not afraid to acknowledge the strides he is making day in and day out.“I see that I am improving as a player, and I am patiently waiting until I get my opportunity to play with the [starters],” he said.Defensive coordinator Dave Doeren was pleased with the performance of his unit Saturday and was particularly satisfied with the play of St. Jean. However, most onlookers may not have realized his presence on the field.“Nobody noticed him out there, which is usually a good sign,” Doeren explained. “I thought he played really well; he was in the right spot, made some good calls for the D-line, and I was proud of him.”St. Jean may not have made any glaring mistakes, but the linebacker is very critical of his own play and knows he can make many improvements.“There are a lot of things that I did well, but there are also some things that I did wrong,” St. Jean said. “I am my hardest critic, and sometimes I think I can be a little too hard on myself.”St. Jean might have some corrections to make, but he felt great on the field and never doubted his abilities.“I immediately got in that zone and felt real comfortable out there,” he said.The position St. Jean plays for the Badgers is one requiring true leadership qualities. The middle linebacker functions as the signal caller and is forced to handle a lot of responsibility. St. Jeans’ success at linebacker could be attributed to his history as a multi-position player at the high school level. Aside from playing safety in high school, St. Jean made significant contributions on the offensive end.“He was a quarterback in high school, so he has some natural leadership ability and command in the huddle,” Doeren said.St. Jean’s leadership ability is a crucial asset he brings to the table, but the changes in position are not easy to make, and Doeren understands the difficulty of the transition.“It has been a learning curve for sure,” Doeren said, “but he is a very strong kid who loves hitting people.”The combination of leadership and physicality make St. Jean an intriguing player whom Doeren knows has a lot of potential.For now, St. Jean will continue to play his role for Doeren’s defense, while contributing on special teams. McFadden is expected to be ready for this Saturday’s showdown with Minnesota, but St. Jean explained his mindset would not change.“I prepare every week the same because you never know when your name is going to be called,” St. Jean said.Interestingly enough, St. Jean was recruited by the Gophers, and he can attest firsthand to the battles that occur on and off the field in this storied rivalry.“It is a big rivalry and the axe means a lot,” he said.St. Jean may not see extended action on Saturday, but the linebacker’s time will come, and Doeren is excited too see what the future holds for St. Jean.“He is a very good young player, one who is going to play here for a long time,” Doeren said.