Sub Pop will be removing Avi Buffalo’s music from its stores and digital services following allegations that band founder Avigdor Zahner-Isenberg raped former bandmate Rebecca Coleman, Pitchfork reported.
“After hearing about a rape accusation that was shared yesterday, Sub Pop is in the process of removing all Avi Buffalo music from our stores and digital services,” Sub Pop told Pitchfork in a statement. “We do not accept ohhhual abuse and assault towards anybody and we commend anyone who is able to muster up the strength to speak out and share their experiences; that’s not easy. We believe and support Rebecca and hope that she is able to cope and heal.”
On July 27, Coleman posted a detailed account of her relations (working and personal) with Zahner-Isenberg and described two different incidents when he allegedly raped her. (Note: The post contains explicit details of the alleged assault.)
Coleman said the first time was in April 2009 when she already joined the band as a keyboardist and singer. Zahner-Isenberg called her to come to his house for press photos. While she noted that she was uncomfortable about being alone, she hoped her longtime boyfriend and Pageants’ bandmate Devin O’Brien would already be there.
“When Avi opened the door he immediately began undressing me,” she wrote. “I was shocked by what was going on and told him no and to stop. He begged me over and over and insisted that I just let him go down on me. To this day I live with regret for not standing my ground. I agreed to fool around with him but made it very clear that we were not going to have ohhh.”
Coleman continued, “As soon as this began it felt wrong and I became super uncomfortable. He then got on top of me and I reminded him that he had agreed to not have ohhh with me. He penetrated me anyway. I told him to stop but he didn’t. I tried to push him off of me but he was putting all of his weight down onto me. It was at this time that I heard the front door close. Devin had arrived. Everything washed over me and I became really emotional. I pleaded for Avi to stop and told him that I wanted to go out there and that ‘I really like that guy.’ When he still wouldn’t stop I told him I was going to scream. He proceeded to hold his hand over my mouth to muffle me while he continued to rape me. When he finished I was furious, embarrassed, ashamed, and I felt like I had betrayed Devin.”
The following day, Coleman said that she and Zahner-Isenberg bumped into each other. “I know, I raped you and stuff, I’m sorry,” she recounted saying that he grabbed her.
The second incident allegedly took place while Avi Buffalo was on their first tour where they had to share a bed at Zahner-Isenberg’s sister’s house.
“I don’t remember how the situation escalated,” she wrote, “but I know we ended up having ohhh on an air mattress in his sister’s living room. Every element of the situation made me uncomfortable, but it took a turn for the worse, this time raping me again by penetrating me a##lly with zero warning.”
In the rest of the post, Coleman recounted more instances of emotional abuse and ohhhual harassment and that she quit Avi Buffalo in July 2010. She also mentioned that before leaving the band, she signed a contract to no speak negatively about Zahner-Isenberg or Avi Buffalo.
“I do not know if this contract still stands,” she wrote. “But honestly, I do not give a %%%%. Time’s Up.”
When Pitchfork asked Sub Pop about the contract, the label was “unaware.” Coleman told the music site that it came from Avi Buffalo’s lawyer.
Read Rebecca Coleman’s full account below.