Chase Igliori, manager of Into It. Over It. and the former manager of Hellogoodbye, has been accused of sexual assault. He was employed by Middle West Management at the time of the accusation, a firm that represents a number of Midwestern folk and indie rock artists, including Bon Iver, Sylvan Esso, Into It. Over It., and more.
In a public Facebook post, Hilary J. Corts alleges that Igliori groped her and kissed her without consent, before falling asleep on top of her. “It is incredibly important to shed some light on the fact that it is not just rock stars who are guilty of inappropriate behavior, but those behind the scenes as well,” she wrote on Facebook.
Corts recalls Igliori, who was managing the band Hellogoodbye at the time, helped set her up with a tour managing gig for April and May of 2013. According to Corts, he booked a hotel room for the band in Manhattan, but she “specifically was required” to stay at his apartment, along with another bandmate. She writes that Igliori initially said that he’d sleep on the couch and she’d take his bed, but when they returned home from a night out on the town, he asked to share the bed instead, claiming his roommates wake up early. “As a touring person who has shared many a bed with zero incident, I did not think much of it,” she wrote. But Corts alleges that he took advantage of the sleeping arrangements:
Upon arrival at his apartment, Chase changed his mind and told me his roommates wake up early, so he was going to sleep in his bed with me. As a touring person who has shared many a bed with zero incident, I did not think much of it. Once we were in bed, however, he decided to put his hands on me. I told him “no” as he tried to get up my shirt, kissing my arms and shoulders. He did not stop so I rolled away from him, at which point he pinned me up against the wall. He fell asleep on top of me in what I can only describe as a forced cuddle position. I was freaked out and felt very helpless as I was trapped.
The next day, she told a member of Hellogoodbye about what happened over coffee. TrackRecord spoke to Corts this morning who explained that she didn’t think the Hellogoodbye member spoke to anyone else about the incident, and told us the bandmate has since “expressed not fully understanding the severity of it.”
In the post, Corts explains that working with Igliori and his clients became increasingly difficult in the aftermath of the incident. She called Evan Weiss of Into It. Over It., who, on Facebook, she writes: “brushed off the whole situation as ‘not a big deal’ and told me that Chase was ‘probably just lonely’ as he’d broken up with his longtime girlfriend just days prior.” At this point, she had already committed to tour managing the band’s upcoming tours, and writes that Weiss told her to “shut up and ‘play nice’ if I still wanted to work for him.” She went on two long tours with Into It. Over It. in fall 2013 and winter 2014 that required her to work closely with and report to Igliori. Some of Corts’ friends in the industry later brought to her attention that Igliori was “publicly slut-shaming” her, as well as telling his bands and other people in the industry not to work with her.
Corts told TrackRecord this morning that job opportunities were few and far between after the incident, fearing that his smear attempts were successful. “Well, it’s a small industry, and we ran in similar circles. I think in general people try to stay away from any ‘drama’ as much as possible, especially when it comes to assembling touring crews,” Corts told TR. “I used to get a lot of job offers and once I was looking again, I didn’t have any offers. I know I am good at the job, so it wasn’t that.” She still works directly with artists to some degree, occasionally photographing bands if asked, but now mostly works with a merchandise company at festivals around the country.
Corts says that Igliori “never acknowledged what happened that night and he never attempted more advances. I was sure to never be in that position with him again.”
Igliori provided the following statement to TrackRecord. He is resigning from his position at Middle West Management, effective immediately:
First and foremost, I am devastated to hear that my actions have caused such pain and anguish, and to those I’ve hurt by this, I am truly sorry. I have a different recollection of the events that took place, but that doesn’t change the fact that anyone felt the way that they did, and for that I am deeply sorry. I have never sexually assaulted anyone, and I have always treated all people in my life with the upmost respect and as equals.
In regard to the professional allegations, I want to be clear, the reason for Hilary’s termination(s) was completely unrelated to the incident cited and came with no attached shaming or slander. Hilary was employed by my artists for multiple years after the alleged incident and any departures or terminations were based solely on the decisions made by the artists alone for reasons unrelated to me. I have always treated all artists, touring crew, other industry professionals and employees with equal respect. I am absolutely horrified to hear that someone felt otherwise. The music industry, like most, is filled with an alarming amount misogynistic tendencies and a hierarchy that I’ve never supported, and have in fact always prided myself on fighting to tear down.
It is important to note that these allegations were previously unknown to myself, my artists and Middle West, and the incidents cited predate my employment at Middle West. I will now be stepping away as manager to my remaining artists and resigning my position at Middle West immediately to tend to this issue at hand. My artists’ affairs will be maintained by Middle West in the interim.
Middle West has always operated under the core principle that everyone deserves to be treated with fairness and respect. There is absolutely no place in the world for hate, violence, abuse, discrimination, or predatory behavior of any kind. For this reason, it is paramount that by way of association, all Middle West artists and employees be given space and privacy while I continue to work through this matter personally.
I’m open to working together, with mediation; my number one priority is to discuss with those involved what is being felt and to try to help to remedy this for future.
A representative for Middle West has shared a statement with TrackRecord, confirming that Igliori’s clients will be managed by the Middle West team in the interim:
Middle West has taken this matter very seriously to ensure the respect and privacy of all involved. It is important to note that these allegations were previously unknown to Middle West and its artists, and the incidents cited within the allegations predate Mr. Igliori’s employment at Middle West. Mr. Igliori has stepped away as manager to his remaining artists and immediately resigned his position at Middle West to tend to this issue at hand. Mr. Igliori’s remaining artists’ affairs will be maintained by Middle West in the interim.
Middle West has always operated under the core principle that everyone deserves to be treated with fairness and respect. There is absolutely no place in the world for hate, violence, abuse, discrimination, or predatory behavior of any kind. For this reason, it is paramount that by way of association, all Middle West artists and employees be given space while Mr. Igliori continues to work through this matter personally.
Evan Weiss of Into It. Over It. has also shared a statement with TrackRecord:
In response to the post by Hilary Corts on November 25th. My deepest apologies to her herein.
Bottom line, this amounts to a failure on my part to navigate and understand a very severe situation that I had completely misunderstood and misread the seriousness of at the time.
Between the years of 2009 and 2015 (and again in 2016), long before Hilary was tour managing IIOI, Hilary wasn’t just a crew member to me. She was a tour-mate, close friend and, for the years following this phone call, a personal confidante.
I deeply regret anything I may have said (or didn’t say) that allowed Hilary to have felt silenced or dismissed. I had failed to view the circumstances through the lens of an employee/employer relationship and how that must have made her (or anyone else) feel in regards to her work in the music industry — especially in the IIOI touring party — and I am heartbroken. My deepest apologies to Hilary.
I should have asked more questions. I should have given Hilary the opportunity to be fully heard. As a white man, who is afforded every privilege (especially in the music industry), I will never truly understand the weight that people can feel without such privilege. I cannot even begin to attempt to relate. For Hilary to have left any conversation we had about the issue feeling powerless is not forgivable. I have learned immensely from this experience and this is a mistake I will never allow to happen again.
In terms of my delay in public response, unfortunately this situation has had (and will have) an effect on many more people than just those involved. Out of respect to those who I know, who are in no way connected to this incident but are connected to Hilary, Chase and myself, I had been working privately to gather as much information as I could.
Should anyone have any further questions they should always feel encouraged to contact me. I am always willing to open up a dialogue and have a conversation.
Update (12.4.17, 8:40 p.m.): Forrest Kline of Hellogoodbye shared the following statement with TrackRecord:
I was shocked and horrified to hear of the experience Hilary had while touring with us. What tragically too often transpires behind closed doors is emboldened by power inequities and thrives in the shadows. An open dialog casts a frightening but powerful light that I hope continues to illuminate us further and further.
Hilary had confided in a touring band member the next day but decided to keep it between themselves until last week, when I was informed by Hilary directly. I wish that I had been able to help. It’s upsetting that the flawed gender structures at the time didn’t allow for the allegations to be made public, or to even be brought to my attention. I hope everyone continues sharing these important and alarming stories and that everyone involved in this one can find some relief, closure, and growth.
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