Last month, Los Angeles-based producer The Gaslamp Killer, real name William Benjamin Bensussen, was accused of drugging and raping two women in 2013. Bensussen denied the allegations, but the reaction from his affiliates and promoters was swift; his former record label Brainfeeder and the event collective Low End Theory both distanced themselves from Bensussen.
Now, Pitchfork has confirmed that Bensussen is suing the two women (and one of their boyfriends, who shared the story) for defamation. He’s seeking at least $5 million in damages, claims the incident was consensual, and that the allegations were “malicious and fabricated.” Pitchfork obtained the complaint, which relies on accounts from two witnesses who were allegedly with Bensussen that night:
The complaint presents two alleged witnesses—“Christopher S.” and “Peter R.” Christopher claims that he watched Bensussen obtain the drinks, that he “could see the drinks the entire time,” and that he didn’t see Bensussen “spike, tamper with, or put anything in the drinks.” Christopher also claimed that the two women approached Bensussen about having sex. Peter R., Bensussen’s housemate, claimed that the two women walked out of the house with Bensussen “under their own power and did not appear incapacitated.”
We’ve reached out to Bensussen for comment, and will update this post if we hear back.