Leslie Rasmussen, who is a childhood friend of Brock Turner and the drummer for the band The Good English, wrote a letter to Judge Persky defending his “20 minutes of action.” It was posted on Twitter and has since gone viral:
I don’t think it’s fair to base the fate of the next ten + years of his life on the decision of a girl who doesn’t remember anything but the amount she drank to press charges against him. I am not blaming her directly for this, because that isn’t right. But where do we draw the line and stop worrying about being politically correct every second of the day and see that rape on campuses isn’t always because people are rapists.
This weekend, four Brooklyn venues were set to host The Good English, a trio of sisters from Oakwood, Ohio who’ve been described as “the lovechild of Nancy Sinatra and Black Sabbath” and were going to play several shows affiliated with the Northside music festival. But after it was revealed that drummer Leslie Rasmussen wrote a letter to Judge Aaron Persky defending convicted rapist and former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner, those venues were besieged by requests from New Yorkers asking them to cancel the band’s appearances, and as of this afternoon, the band’s Brooklyn tour has been completely scrapped…
Rasmussen’s letter, originally posted to Twitter, got a fair amount of press yesterday, at which point some people began to realize Rasmussen’s connection to The Good English, and her intentions to perform across Brooklyn this weekend. Last night, Northside Festival’s Facebook page received an onslaught of angry posts, as did Bar Matchless, which is hosting the festival on Thursday and Friday; The Rock Shop, which is hosting an unofficial showcase that would have featured The Good English on Friday; Industry City Distillery, which was also hosting an unofficial showcase on Saturday; and Gold Sounds, which is hosting a separate showcase of women in music on Sunday that would have featured the band.
City Distillery and Bar Matchless condemned Rasmussen on their Facebook pages, the former saying “the support of rape culture is not tolerated.” The Northside Festival issued a statement to saying “due to recent information brought to our attention, Good English is no longer playing Northside Festival.”