According to Rolling Stone, Mindless Self Indulgence’s James Euringer (aka Jimmy Urine) has been accused of sexually assaulting a minor. An anonymous woman filed a lawsuit against the frontman in New York Supreme Court, saying that he engaged in a sexual relationship with her when she was 15 and he was 27.
The woman says the relationship took place from January 1997 to June 1999 and that Euringer “groomed and manipulated [her] into believing that his sexually assaultive behavior was not criminal and that by engaging in sexual activity with him Plaintiff was actually helping to protect younger girls from sexual assaults.” She also claimed that he took naked photos of her and made her “act like a small child, and suck her thumb, drool, and pee in her pants.” Euringer also allegedly tried to downplay their sexual relationship in public.
Rolling Stone also report that Warner Music Group, Warner Communications LLC, Elektra Entertainment Group, and the band’s ex-manager and producer Joseph Galus have been named as defendants in the suit as well. The woman accused Elektra and Galus of “negligence and aiding and abetting sexual battery, and that the two knew about and enabled Euringer’s behavior.” On top of that, the suit also says a photo of the girl was used on a band t-shirt that was developed by Elektra and that Elektra‘s A&R and Galus even witnessed Euringer engaging in a relationship with her in the studio. The following was said about that:
“With their knowledge, relationship to Euringer, and control over Euringer, his shows, his music, and at times his access to minors, Defendants had the opportunity and ability to stop Euringer’s sexual assaults, and to protect Plaintiff and others, but did not. As a result, Plaintiff has suffered humiliation, shame, and horror that she will continue to suffer for the rest of her life.”
You can read more at Rolling Stone.