Taste of Country
Earlier this month, former ‘Voice’ finalist and member of Steel Magnolias, Meghan Linsey, took to her personal Facebook page to make a shocking accusation. In the post, Linsey claimed that she had been sexually assaulted in 2010 by a man in the music industry.
“When I was touring with Steel Magnolia in 2010, a very powerful man in the music business grabbed up my skirt,” Linsey wrote. “He was groping me and proceeded to try to pick me up by my a– on a bus in front of a lot of important people.“
Linsey writes that she caused a scene over the incident. Her attacker responded by threatening the singer to keep quiet. Linsey then went to her manager, a woman, who also advised her not to say anything.
“She told me to never breathe a word of that story to anyone ever. I told the head of my label and he told me the same thing,” Meghan wrote on Facebook. “They both said if I wanted to have a career in country music then I could never say anything about it out loud, to anyone.”
Many called on Linsey to name her attacker. When she refused, her ex-boyfriend and former Steel Magnolias partner Joshua Scott Jones took matters into his own hands. Jones publicly called out Live Nation’s President of Country Touring, Brian O’Connell as the one who inappropriately touched Linsey.
And that time that Brian Oconell from live nation harassed then threatened to kill Meghan and we were told to be quiet by Virginia Davis.
— Joshua Scott Jones (@JoshScottJones) October 13, 2016
An anonymous source at Live Nation spoke to Taste of Country regarding the allegations against O’Connell and said, “There is absolutely, positively no merit to the claim.”
“I hate to even give it the time, frankly, to talk about it, because it’s just patently untrue. I don’t know why he pointed the finger at Brian, but I would just tell you to consider the source,” that person adds, referring to Jones’ past history with addiction.
Big Machine Label Group head Scott Borchetta told Fox 411 that he had no knowledge of any alleged attack prior to Linsey coming forward.
“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,” he states. “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.”
Meghan Linsey first chose to come forward about the sexual assault following the release of recorded private comments made about women by Presidential candidate Donald Trump.
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