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Dance Gavin Dance’s Tilian Pearson Responds To Recent Allegations Of Sexual Misconduct & More


Dance Gavin Dance vocalist Tilian Pearson has found himself at the center of some concerning allegations regarding relationships he is said to have had with fans in recent months. Several women have come forward against him on Reddit and other forms of social media in the past few days with accusations of disturbing behavior.

One fan who came forward against him accused him of engaging in abusive and manipulative behavior which she alleges involved sexual misconduct and assault amid a several day relationship earlier this year. She shared her side of the story at length over via this Reddit post.

Pearson himself went on to respond to those allegations earlier today, June 01st, sharing screenshots of their text conversations and more. Speaking through this Reddit post, Pearson offered:

“This morning I was made aware of allegations from someone regarding a brief relationship surrounding the weekend of Swanfest. Admittedly, this was a time when I was very vulnerable, but I can assure you that every sexual act was purely consensual. Since then, she has reached out to me multiple times wanting to see me again. We met again later in Cleveland on tour, and I decided to end things the following day. It was an amicable split, so this story coming out is extremely surprising.

I have text threads saved that paint a picture of the nature of our brief relationship, but I would prefer not to have to air that out.

It pains me a bit because I thought there was a general lightheartedness and sweetness that wasn’t mentioned in her version.

I take the subject of sexual assault seriously, and I want to firmly reiterate that there was no moment of anything happening that was not consensual. I understand that in a new sexual relationship, there is a period of figuring each other’s preferences out, but there is not a doubt our physical contact ever crossed boundaries into anything resembling assault.

My general state of mind surrounding the weekend was filled with grief, and I was leaning on alcohol as a crutch to get me through it. After Swanfest, I did the tour sober to properly grieve and got a lot of support from the band and friends.

Although her story saddens me to read, I won’t express any ill will toward her.

I hope this clears things up, and thank you for listening.


Several hours after making his statement in reply to the initial allegation, another woman came forward against Pearson with more allegations of abusive and manipulative behavior, accusing him coercing her into sex and more. You can read what she shared of their encounter, along with texts she claims were from their alleged relationship here.

Both of the aforementioned allegations made against Pearson were said to have taken place in the wake of the April passing of the band’s bassist Tim Feerick and make note of Pearson being allegedly extremely intoxicated during some of their encounters.

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