12 Women Come Forward Accusing Anti-Flag’s Justin Sane of Sexual Misconduct

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This past July, following allegations of sexual misconduct made against frontman Justin Sane (legal name Justin Geever), the Pennsylvania punk band Anti-Flag disbanded. These allegations against Geever first arose after an episode of the podcast .enough where a woman by the name of Kristina Sarhadi spoke about an individual who raped her.

Sarhadi didn’t name anyone but said the person who raped her was a frontman of a popular punk band. In a Reddit post referencing Anti-Flag’s initial statement of disbandment, this particular episode of .enough was referenced and Redditors expressed that they believe Sarhadi was referring to Sane. One user constructed a timeline of events that they believed aligned with what Sarhadi shared with a run-in with Sane. Following this theory gaining traction, the band and Geever released separate statements.

In a new development, Rolling Stone released a massive report about Sane that not only involves Sarhadi, but also 12 other women who have come forward accusing the punk rock frontman of predatory behavior, sexual assault, and statutory rape.

Regarding the conflict she has felt speaking up about Sane, given the image associated with the band as a champion of human rights and progressive politics, Sarhadi says, “It’s been this internal battle for me for over a decade. I truly believed his persona, and what [the band] were always consistently, persistently singing and talking about. I didn’t want to be the one to take that away from anyone else.”

Sarhadi notes that her encounter with Geever where he allegedly sexually assaulted her took place in 2010. Recounting her alleged experience with Geever during her .enough appearance, Sarhadi says that, at one point during an evening together, the frontman invited her upstairs to his hotel room to hear a new song he had worked on. Sarhadi notes that, throughout this evening, she had declined several of the frontman’s advances toward her. Upon entering his hotel room, Sarhadi says the punk vocalist locked the door behind her and “playfully tackled” her on the bed. She then goes on to share the following (as transcribed by Rolling Stone):

“But as soon as I hit the bed, he put his hand around my throat and basically turned into a monster. To this day, I still have flashes of his face above me, holding me down.”

Sarhadi then added that Geever went on to sexually assault her: “It went on for a very long time. It was the most terrifying thing I’ve ever experienced. I can’t stress how violent he was and how much I fully believed I was going to die, that he was going to kill me.”

Alongside Sarhadi, 12 other women have also come forward, each sharing similar sentiments regarding the alleged violent and predatory behavior they’ve experienced from Sane. One of the alleged victims notes, “He was a wolf in sheep’s clothing. He came across as super supportive. He was like, ‘Yeah, we need more girls in punk rock,’ and ‘Get out there!’ He played the part of lifting women up, but at the same time, he was holding them down, literally.”

These victims, including some among the band’s fanbase, have called out Sane and the band for their statements, with one survivor saying “They knew how young everybody was.”

In a joint statement to Rolling Stone, the other members of Anti-Flag say that their trust has “wholly been broken” and they are “disturbed by the efforts taken to conceal information from us.” They go on to add:

“We trusted everyone associated with the band to maintain a safe and respectful environment. The understanding that abusers can be anywhere further reinforces the importance of survivors speaking out and sharing their stories.… Further, we feel strongly that all predators must atone for their inappropriate actions and be held accountable.”

You can read the entire Rolling Stone report by following this link here.

If you or someone you care about is suffering abuse at the hands of their partner, please contact RAINN or call 800.656.HOPE (4673).