Red Hot Chili Peppers Accused Of Abusing Women In New Letter


UltraViolet have released the following open letter to Spotify (via Consequence of Sound). They give no proof or evidence of any of their claims.

To CEO Daniel Ek:

Thank you for taking the important first step of removing infamous abusers R. Kelly and XXXTentacion from your official playlists. Your action demonstrates that Spotify is following the lead of Black women who demanded that these two men, who have sexually and physically abused women for years, not be promoted and celebrated.

On behalf of our one million members, UltraViolet applauds and supports this choice. Yet as you know, these two men are not the only abusers on your platform. We implore you to take a deeper look at the artists you promote.

Every time a famous individual continues to be glorified despite allegations of abuse, we wrongly perpetuate silence by showing survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence that there will be no consequences for abuse. That has a cultural effect far beyond one individual artist.

While nowhere near a comprehensive list, here are several abusers or groups of abusers who continue to profit from your promotion:

● Chris Brown
● The Red Hot Chili Peppers
● Nelly
● Eminem
● Don Henley of The Eagles
● Steven Tyler of Aerosmith
● Tekashi 6ix9ine
● Ted Nugent

We publish this as an open letter because we hope other platforms like iTunes, Google Play Music, and Pandora will continue to follow your lead. Thank you again for your thoughtful consideration.

Shaunna Thomas, Executive Director, UltraViolet

  • DanSwon

    I would not be remotely surprised. But there really needs to be more information about alleged misconduct.

  • Raven Dire

    What about Pete Townsend of the WHO. Anytime he books a hotel room stateside, he must not only register as a sex offender, but all the people lodging at the same site must be informed in the form of a letter that a convicted sexual child deviant is on site. David Bowie, Robert Plant, and many others were blantanly proud that they traded the same 13-14 year old ‘baby’ groupies back in forth in the 60’s and 70’s….

    Anthony Keidis was a 23 year old young man, that was new to fame (wasn’t exactly famous, just had one album out with another one in the works), and invited a chick back to the bus. Three cities later she admits she’s only 14 after having lied, and presented him with a fake ID…..

    If you want to be outraged FINE, if you want to censor the music available to everyone on a specific platform FINE (I have the vinyl anyway), but DO NOT make you case against sexual predators based on the career and success of someone else. Would anyone have cared about this article if they didn’t post his picture with it?

    I guess none of the women who listen to his band after that incident ogled him or any of his bandmates in all their C@ck-S@ck glory? Same f’in thing…I don’t see him suing any of the woman fans for psychological damage after being your objectified man meat for 30 years……