It wasn’t long ago that one half of CMT’s “Can You Duet” duo Steel Magnolia and former competitor of “The Voice” Meghan Linsey came forward about her experience with sexual assault in the country music industry.
Now, her former bandmate is speaking out about the situation that allegedly took place back in 2010, while the two were on tour.
For those that are unfamiliar with the story, Meghan took to Facebook on Oct. 9, describing chilling details about her horrifying encounter with a powerful man in the music business. Without mentioning his name in the detailed post, she wrote that he “grabbed” her by the skirt and “groped” her.
“He proceeded to try to pick me up by my ass on a bus in front of a lot of important people,” Meghan recalls, “I was mortified and told him not to touch me and to put me down. It caused quite a scene and I could tell that he was embarrassed and angry.”
Meghan went on to explain that the alleged attacker continued his torment by whispering “in my ear, he said, ‘I have boats bigger than you could ever imagine, and I could put you in the middle of the ocean where no one would ever hear from you again. Just remember that.’ He laughed and walked away.”
Despite the sexism and misogyny that she endured that night, Meghan was told to stay silent about the assault by the head of her record label and her female manager. Because, God forbid she’d lose her singing career if she didn’t. With the word now out, Meghan’s ex-fiancé and fellow Steel Magnolia member Joshua Scott Jones has chosen to add his voice to the sensitive subject.
Confirming Meghan’s story, Joshua tells FOX, “[Meghan] should really address the FACT that our manager was a woman, who was very instrumental in hushing Meghan about this individual’s remarks and talking me out of whipping his ass. Just another corrupt power play in a very shady and most often ambiguous business called the music industry.”
Steel Magnolia was signed to Big Machine Label Group at the time of the incident. Following Meghan’s post, BMLG President Scott Borchetta issued a statement to Fox411 Country, letting the public know that he was unaware of Meghan’s story, until now.
“Meghan Linsey is a highly regarded former member of the Big Machine Label Group and we would never condone, let alone silence an artist on this label who experienced this kind of behavior,” Borchetta says. “We have a clear-cut HR protocol for these types of occurrences, and while Meghan never came to me about any such incident, I checked our records and with our staff to see if she’d gone to someone else within the company. There is no record, nor any recollection from me or the staff of the incident she’s describing. Had it come to our attention, we would have certainly acted quickly and decisively on her behalf.”