Saturday, November 28, 2020

Mexican musician kills himself as a ‘declaration of innocence’ after a ‘MeToo claim’

The bass player for the Mexican rock band Botellita de Jerez published a letter saying he would kill himself ‘to leave the way clear’ for his son after he was accused of assaulting a young woman.
The Mexico City prosecutors’ office said that while they could not confirm musician Armando Vega Gil had killed himself, a man’s body was found at a Mexico City home.
The body was to be identified by Vega Gil’s relatives.
On Monday morning, Gil posted a suicide note on his social media accounts.
In the note, he revealed that he had been accused of sexual misconduct as part of the Mexican music scene’s #MeToo movement.
A woman anonymously made allegations against Gil on the Twitter account @metoomusicamx, stating that she had been abused and harassed by the artist when she was 13-years-old.
He denied the allegations, but claimed that he would have no way of defending himself as a public persona.
He said he would be taking his own life as ‘a radical declaration of innocence.’
‘Do not blame anyone for my death: It is a suicide, a voluntary, conscious, free and personal decision,’ he wrote on Twitter.
The rock band’s Twitter account said ‘with grief we announce our colleague Armando Vega Gil died this morning. We are processing this news and doing the corresponding procedures. Rest in peace, little brother.”
But he said that ‘a terrible end is better than an endless terror.’
Gil had been an original member of the band, which formed in 1982 in Mexico City.
The band announced it was breaking up in 2013 after more than 30 years playing together.
In the note, Gil said that he saw the freedom to speak out against a person as an ‘inalienable right,’ particularly for women
‘The only way out I see before me suicide, so I’m deciding toward that,’ he wrote. ‘I want to apologize to women who feel troubled by my words and attitudes, and the women who see my ways as misogynistic.’