Slash Asked About Accusation Against Tool Singer Maynard James Keenan

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Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash was asked about the #MeToo sexual misconduct movement and it’s involvement in rock music in a new Classic Rock Magazine interview. The interviewer references a discredited June 2018 accusation against Maynard James Keenan, which he denied, and Alternative Nation was able to debunk an accuser via email. It’s unclear if the interview may have taken place before the information debunking the claim came out. Below is an excerpt from the article:

The day before our interview, Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan’s reputation was on trial on Twitter: a woman had anonymously claimed that the singer had raped her when she was seventeen. Has the #MeToo movement affected the music business? “It’s a good question,” he says. “I think the Me Too movement is definitely justified – it’s actually way overdue.” But obviously, he says, it’s complicated “in the context of being in a fucking rock and roll band. Fortunately, I’m taken, so I’m not dealing with all that, but I have to admit there were times I looked into my past and [as if he’s talking to himself]: ‘Well that was consensual.'” “I never had a working relationship with anybody that I was, you know, trying to pressure into having sex or anything.” “The problem is that you could be falsely accused of something, but it almost doesn’t matter – it’s out there. Even if you were to get your name cleared, the damage is already done. And that’s pretty sad.”

Keenan tweeted in June, “Many thanks to those of you who saw right through this despicable false claim that only does damage to the #metoo movement. 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.”

We reported in June that fans on Tool’s Reddit page uncovered details that totally debunked the anonymous Twitter users. The Twitter account that started this was created within an hour of an account that responded and tried to bring Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor into the story with a tweet. The account that mentioned Trent Reznor laid dormant for 5 days before responding. The original account liked the Reznor tweet by this other account. The Reznor tweet was later deleted. Another account trying to make claims was created just a few days later along with another, and has been restricted. The original account liked a tweet from this account.

You can view the research below done by fans on the Tool Reddit page.

  • Disqusted

    Brett you’re a terrible “reporter”. The titles of your articles are always misleading. Always. There’s always a disconnect between the title and what’s actually in your slapped together “articles”. You’re a hack. A shameless pathetic hack and nothing more.

    • Maya Normussac

      Damn

    • Nicola

      Ha normally comments I make about this get rapidly deleted.
      I call the writings “SHarticles” = sham articles or SH*T articles, take your pick.
      Most consist of rearranged qoutes taken from an interview with an actual journalist. Others are blatantly propaganda provided by a widow.

      • Corndog

        Yet here you are once again whinging about it……It’s so terrible yet you just can’t seem to drag yourself away.

        • Dude McDuderson

          Corndog: some people, on Android devices, get Google news feeds based on thier interests. This may be the first source of *news” they see and therefore click away. I know, you can see the source of the headline, but some people still read. And if they are like me, they stay for the comments section.

          • Corndog

            Yeah i get that, i have the same thing in my Google feed too. Coming once and saying this site is shit is fair enough, but coming back again and again and again to say it is just stupid. Who expose yourself to something you hate repeatedly once you have ascertained that you don’t like it?

            You know that old joke about the guy who goes to the doctor and says it hurts when i hold my arm like this…….

          • billy arrington

            Well said mcduderson. I just want alternative nation to get rid of this bs writing(copy and pasting), so I can enjoy it again. Maybe you’re right, or maybe there is no brett Buchanan. That douchey little wet turd in the top gun shirt is probably just a bot that feeds us garbage “news articles”

  • Jer R

    Oh, it’s just this high school Brett “The Sh*tman” Fart character again. AN Should’ve really fired him by now. His clickbait articles are bottom-barrel tier.

  • Chrys Woods

    Thankfully there are others that feel the same as I do! Brett IS a hack! How “AN” continues to put up with his 120 word (decorated with a whole bunch of old paragraphed sized quotes) articles is beyond me. And I bet it takes him 2 weeks of “research” to even get that amount of info. A reporter should be neutral, non-biased, but when this lie about MJK broke out, It seemed like Brett was running about with an erect wee-willy-winkie at the mere thought of possibly being ~the one~ to take MJK down. He’s made it obvious he isn’t a big fan of Maynard’s.

    Shame on you, Alternative Nation for keeping this crap rolling on by continuing to keep the dung beatle that is Brett Buchanan on your payroll. How about hiring a real reporter instead of some high school aged gossip girl?

  • Chris Capaci

    While I believe Maynard, that “debunking” is not proof of anything. If anything it’s proof that the accuser can’t create anonymous accounts appropriately. But none of the account stuff shows anything that means it didn’t happen.

    • Yerp

      Perhaps MJK shouldn’t have to prove his innocence. The MeToo movement needs to take accountability and recognize that there is a valid reason for Due Process of law. Public accusations whether or not they are founded in truth cause damage to the accused without legal recourse.

    • itsalljustaride

      Word. This is the second article on this site that is blatantly written from a TOOL fanboy stance that claims these Reddit threads are absolute proof that this was a hoax, and yet can’t explain WHY it supposedly totally debunks everything.

  • Jeremiah Diblasio

    For the record, ultimate-guitar.com is the one’s that made up the Maynard story.

  • MacdaddyReturns

    Bret you need 5 across the lips you big ugly dummy.

  • billy arrington

    Brett you sorry sack of shit, I’m glad others are seeing through your bullshit. a nation, don’t you want to be better than this?

  • Dude McDuderson

    Sorry all. But it’s apparent that AN = Brett Buchanan .there are no other employees at “work”. Every.fucking.article. If you want any repsectable amount of music journalism, don’t look here

    • Disqusted

      OMG you’re right! I feel all the more disgusted now. I’m torn between blocking this site’s feed or else just letting it be to have a good point and laugh now and then. Lord knows the comment section is entertaining.

      • Nicola

        Wow reading all the comments today from disgruntled readers such as yourself (and myself lol)
        He must be taking a day off because normally comments of this nature are quickly DELETED by AN aka BB

        • Corndog

          No, they get deleted by me actually, not Brett. You want to say the site is shit, that’s fine. you want to say Brett’s writing is shit or the articles are shit, that’s fine. You are not going to come into the guys house and make personal attacks against him though. That is not fine, and will be deleted. Stop acting like children. If you don’t like the site then stop with the childish name calling and simply don’t return.

          • MacdaddyReturns

            Lighten Up Francis.

          • Chrys Woods

            Hahaha!!! Yes, yes, yes! I was going to say it but I’m just very glad someone did.

            * waiting to get deleted again *

          • Nicola

            no name calling by me, I have never done so. I have however noted that any sort of comment I made that disagreed with the propaganda was promptly deleted even though it did not violate any terms of service (ie no name calling or threats)> Obviously some of the others have done so, and that is not cool. But you must admit that many of these articles are cut and pasted with such apparent haste that they might not quite match up with the headlines, and that tends to anger some readers. Other articles are thinly veiled propaganda vs impartial journalism. I would say they are sometimes more accurately described as editorials. Often I find more valuable info in the comments section so not a total waste of time.

          • Corndog

            I’m not sure what propaganda you’re referring to but i will only ever delete a post that is either being overly aggressive or rude towards another poster, this is extreme cases of course – I’m not going to delete a post because someone gets called an asshole once kind of thing, posts that make nasty remarks about Brett or repeatedly spamming articles with the same post over and over again. Bizarre as it may sound I feel strangely protective of this site and indeed Brett himself. The guy is just trying to pay the bills same as the rest of us and he doesn’t deserve some of the vile shit people say about him here.

            I will not delete a post simply because I don’t agree with its content, nor have I ever done so. Again, I have no idea what propaganda you’re referring to.

            As for the articles. It is what it is. I’ve been coming to this site since it’s previous incarnation as grungereport for about 6 years or so now and it has never been about the articles for me. I always returned because of the interesting conversations I have with folks in the comments section, many of whom I would consider a friend despite living thousands of miles away.

          • Nicola

            by propaganda I mean stuff that is blatantly plugging merch or asking for donations to a Questionable charity. Also sometimes opinions are stated as Facts…..when in fact they are not. It is fine to state opinions, again this would make it an editorial. No problem with it as long as it is represented as such. I have no problem with someone making a living, I just think there should be transparency as to what is an article (journalism) vs opinion, especially if it is a paid/compensated/directed promotion

          • Corndog

            I have no control over the journalism but i can’t say that i have ever noticed Brett asking for donations to charities ETC. I’m actually curious about that. Do you have a link?

  • billy arrington

    Brett,” ‘Revealing’ other people’s work” Buchanan… at it again.. with another article revealing someone else’s work, that doesn’t relate to the crapshoot title. I wish I could get paid for producing poo, or plagiarizing someone else’s work at my job.. life is good