Singer Miguel issued a new statement about a sexual assault case that surfaced earlier this year. In March, University of New Mexico student Xian Bass said that Miguel grabbed her breast and removed it from her shirt at a concert in Los Angeles. Bass eventually filed a police report, an investigation began but the singer was never arrested or charged.
Bass recently wrote about the alleged incident on Instagram and also spoke about it in a separate video.
In the second clip, the woman explained that upon meeting Miguel, she told him that she made herself climax to his song “Adorn.”
Dear Miguel, I used to be a fan of your music. I was a fan of your music until you blatantly disrespected my body in a public place. There is nothing I did or said that warranted this disgusting display of entitlement, rape culture, and male privilege. I approached you respectfully and you still decided my body was not sacred enough to be treated as a human being. After we took this photo, you took it upon yourself to grab my breast and remove it from my shirt WITHOUT CONSENT. You then proceeded to look at my naked breast with such a disgusting look on your face. It's still embedded in my memory. The sneer of your lip and salivating mouth is making my stomach turn. I really don't understand why you would do that to someone who approached you as a fan. I'm beyond disgusted right now. Are you used to treating random female strangers this way? Have you gotten away with this in the past? Well, it stops HERE and NOW. I will not sit in shameful silence and allow sexual assault to be normalized. #toxicmasculinity #maleprivilege #violated #rapecultureisreal #celebrityprivilege #iwasntaskingforit #speakup #speakupspeakout #nomiguel
After those posts, Miguel spoke to TMZ and said Bass’ claims were completely false.
“I think we’re just in a time where just people are really looking for attention in the wrong ways,” he said. “In this age I guess you just gotta be more aware of how things can be and how things can be spun.”
On Wednesday (Dec. 12), Spin ran a story about the woman’s account, where she gave a few more details.
“He ripped it out of my shirt,” she said. “To just grab it like that is an act of ownership… It had nothing to do with how I looked or what I wore. It had to do with power.”
After the Spin piece ran, Miguel issued a statement through his publicist and doubled down on his initial denial.
“I felt I had already addressed how bizarre and twisted this accusation was when I was asked about it in March,” the statement read. “Her story of what transpired is not accurate and the accusation is unfair and unwarranted.”
What do you think about the woman’s accusation and Miguel’s denial?