Anti-Flag’s Justin Sane Sued for Sexual Assault (Rolling Stone)
A woman is suing Anti-Flag’s Justin Sane for sexual assault, four months after the punk-rock group disbanded in the wake of multiple women coming forward to accuse the frontman of predatory behavior, sexual assault and statutory rape, according to a lawsuit obtained by Rolling Stone.
Kristina Sarhadi, a New York holistic therapist and health coach, filed the lawsuit against Sane, whose legal name is Justin Geever, on Wednesday in New York. She is also suing the band’s distribution company — which bandmates Patrick Bollinger, a.k.a. Pat Thetic, Chris Head, and Chris Barker (aka Chris No. 2) are registered members — for an unspecified amount.
“Justin Geever used his platform as a celebrated, self-proclaimed ‘punk rock star’ to groom and lure vulnerable girls into feeling safe in his presence,” Sarhadi says in a statement. “While he sang about protecting women and standing up to abusers, it appears he was hiding an addiction to power and control, harming countless women who have been unable to speak up before now. Today I hope to encourage his survivors, and survivors of other predators in the music industry, to feel hope again.”
A representative for the band did not immediately reply to a request for comment. Initial attempts to reach Geever for comment were unsuccessful.