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Rolo Tomassi Exit Holy Roar Records As Label Founder Alex Fitzpatrick Accused Of Rape, Sexual Assault, Etc. (Updated)


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Update: September, 08th, 2020 02:28 PM:

Holy Roar Records‘ staff have issued the below statement in regards to the allegations of rape, sexual assault, etc. made against the label’s co-founder and owner, Alex Fitzpatrick. In it they announce their collective departure from the label.

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“We have spent the last 24 hours in horror of the allegations that have been made against Alex Fitzpatrick, the owner of Holy Roar.

The extremely serious allegations are against everything that myself, Sam, Wil and our bands – stand for.

We, the labels employees, are resigning from working with Holy Roar effective immediately.

We are sorry for the long silence, it was a lot for us to process with our bands and personally we found out the same time as the public.

Alex will be making his own statement in due course.

Justine, Sam & Wil.”

Employed To Serve‘s Justine Jones, who made the above statement, had been employed as the label manager for Holy Roar Records.

Original Story:

Holy Roar Records co-founder Alex Fitzpatrick has been accused of rape, sexual assault, sexual misconduct and abusive behavior by several women with incidents dating back several years. Some of the accusations leveled against him can be found here and here.

In the wake of the accusations coming to light, a number of Holy Roar artists have begun to take action. Rolo Tomassi have announced their departure from the label today, September 08th, offering:

“In light of the allegations about Alex Fitzpatrick, we have ended out relationship with him and Holy Roar as a label, effective immediately. We have zero tolerance for abusive behaviour and stand in solidarity with those that have come forward.”

Svalbard, who have a September 25th release date scheduled via Holy Roar Records for their new album “When I Die, Will I Get Better?“, commented:

“We have been made aware of serious allegations against Alex Fitzpatrick of Holy Roar Records. We stand with survivors and we always will. It takes so much courage to speak out, we are sending all of our support to those affected. We are currently figuring out our next steps, and will update this when we are able.”

Respire, who are set to release their new outing “Black Line” through the label on November 13th, commented:

“We’ve become aware of the serious allegations placed against Alex Fitzpatrick. Like the many other bands on our new label, we are beside ourselves. These stories are coming from members of our own DIY community. They deserve to be heard.

We demand to see restorative justice for those involved, and have called for a process of accountability from Alex. We will continue to have conversations as a band, and with other bands on the label about what we can do to collectively further this cause and stand in solidarity with survivors.”

Palm Reader, who have an October 30th release date set for their new album “Sleepless” through the label, commented:

Palm Reader are aware of the recent allegations against Alex Fitzpatrick.

Abusive behaviour is not to be tolerated under any circumstances and is something we as a band and individuals take very seriously.

We are currently in conversation with our team on how to move forward.”

Fitzpatrick does not year appear to have responded to the allegations made against him.

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