NewsMarch 23, 2015 1:54 PM ET•11,437 views

Otep drops tour, calls other singer "pants rapist"

Otep Shamaya Otep has formally dropped off "The Civil Unrest Tour," which will feature Ill Nino, Kittie, and 36 Crazyfists. Frontwoman Otep Shamaya has released a statement claiming that they've declined to participate in the tour because the singer of opening band Terror Universal once "violently grabbed" her "crotch". Here's what she had to say:
Before the rumor mill begins: We dropped off the Civil Unrest tour because Terror Universal's molester singer violently grabbed my crotch on our last tour. He's a drunken joke and a fucking scumbag. He's lucky security handled it before I or my band could. We gave them a shot to play in front of our fans and we were repaid by this drunken jackass violating me during the meet and greet in front of our fans. We made it very clear that we will never play any show that has Terror Universal on it. We don't tolerate any kind of passive sexual violence. We owe that to our fans and I never want to experience anything like that again especially from an opening act we were trying to help by giving them exposure to our TRIBE. We will be headlining in May-June and give the TRIBE a proper RIOT without any pants rapists on the bill. Onwards & upwards.
Not surprisingly, Terror Universal fired back, issuing a statement from Jenny Armstrong, the husband of Terror Universal's singer:
By now many of you have heard or read Otep Shamaya's slanderous statement against my husband of 9 years Chad, aka ROTT singer of Terror Universal. Please be aware that Chad and I have 2 children, a little boy, as well as a little girl. OTEP's accusations are inflammatory, and untrue to say the least, let me explain…. While Terror Universal was supporting OTEP on the February West Coast dates, Rott was on his way out of the club, and as Rott walked by he tapped Otep on the leg and said "Good night Otep", this is when she jumped back, and said he grabbed her crotch, and ordered to have him thrown out of the club. Why didn't OTEP say anything about this before?? Why wait 4 weeks, to disclose such a damaging action? How has this turned into talk of assault and sexual violence? For the past 9 years, I have seen my husband time after time treat me and his children with nothing but respect, and show nothing but kindness to everyone he encounters. And here is the really ironic part of all of this...I was raped many years ago, before I knew Rott. It was his unconditional love and respect that pulled me through all of the mental and emotional distress, that this created for me. It seems so unreal that we are now in the position of defending a man who has always stood up for the right thing and would NEVER bring harm to a woman. I also just have to point out that it is so disheartening to see the comments that people are posting. The threats from the Otep tribe are violent and downright scary. Especially if they were directed at your husband, or the father of your children. This was honestly meant as a friendly gesture (a tap on the leg) at the end of a show between two band members has escalated into horrible name calling and threats. The truth is 2 days after the West Coast tour ended, Chad reached out to Otep and Otep's brother, to both clear the air, and open lines of communication. There has been no willingness from anyone in the Otep camp to have a civil conversation about this incident. It is a shame that this could not have been handled between the two individuals, in a friendly manner. True to form, the social media will further complicate this issue and create hate, and will cloud the fact that all this could have been dealt with professionalism, and compassion.
Meanwhile, organizers of "The Civil Unrest Tour" have put forth their own statement, in which they refute Otep's claims.
Addressing OTEP's recent slander: OTEP is not telling the truth. The Civil Unrest Tour and its affiliates do not support the violation of another individuals personal space, rape, violence against women or any person for that matter. Many of us have families and children. We would never stand for or beside the kind of behavior that Otep is falsely accusing others of perpetrating. What we do support is the TRUTH. The truth is that OTEP's business team confirmed OTEP for this tour for certain financial terms and OTEP's team breached their own agreement after announcement and attempted to blackmail and extort the agency responsible for the tour with slanderous defamation threats against the agency , the bands and all parties involved, in an attempt to secure more money... It truly is a sad state of affairs in the music industry and the world where blatant slander about a very serious accusation becomes business practice for an artist now known as notorious for canceling tours in the 11th hour. Stay tuned for more updates as Civil Unrest moves forward beyond this disgusting abuse of social media and public trust.

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ineedmoresalt 3/23/2015 10:57:38 AM

I know for a fact that...im laughing about internet drama


Jemenez_Cricket 3/23/2015 11:00:36 AM

Nuclear Hellfrost should fill their spot


anonymous 3/23/2015 11:02:31 AM

So is Jenny a dude or a chick?


Rayromano 3/23/2015 11:02:45 AM

It's been announced that replacing Otep on the tour will be Gaza


anonymous 3/23/2015 11:08:19 AM

The world is just getting dumber...


anonymous 3/23/2015 11:32:10 AM

This bitch is always crying about something.


anonymous 3/23/2015 11:33:45 AM

my question is: why the hell would the victimized party drop off the tour instead of kicking out the supposed pants rapist's band?? sounds like a self-rightious drama queen to me


anonymous 3/23/2015 11:44:21 AM

are these real bands?


anonymous 3/23/2015 11:52:03 AM

The year 2015, where every girl ever was beatd according to the internet.


OrgCore 3/23/2015 11:59:17 AM

Chad aka ROTT


anonymous 3/23/2015 12:04:09 PM

bitch plz, this country was founded by pants rapists. Man the fck up instead of being shocked to the point of dropping of tour


smokeweedhailsatan 3/23/2015 12:19:24 PM

The year 2015, where every girl ever was beatd according to the internet. This shit is getting out of hand. I'm a college student and I hear of sexual assault claims on campus all the time, only to be proven false later.


anonymous 3/23/2015 12:20:20 PM

otep shamaya is a bulldaggin bitch. fck her and her anti male agenda. shes just angry her snatch smells so bad, no human being of any gender would willingly touch it


anonymous 3/23/2015 12:20:48 PM

You're just a woman...no one cares how you feel. B!tches...always crying about something, don't they know they are just supposed to sit there and suck wang? Make me some dinner and go back to making shitty music.


anonymous 3/23/2015 12:21:10 PM

so UNTRUE. how could he have grabbed her crotch when her apron was on??


anonymous 3/23/2015 12:23:21 PM

i think the = human rights thing in the baqckground is WAY funnier.


anonymous 3/23/2015 12:56:04 PM

Didn't OTEP sign with Victory? beat is pretty much understood after jumping into that.


anonymous 3/23/2015 1:01:59 PM

Women be shopping.


anonymous 3/23/2015 1:07:24 PM

Terror - One With The Underpants


horseheadxbookends 3/23/2015 1:07:44 PM

no are about any of these bands...but how the hell would this dudes wife or this concert promoter have any clue if he actually did that to her? why does she automatically have to have an ulterior motive to the accusations?


anonymous 3/23/2015 1:53:59 PM

otep likes dudes.... NAHT


anonymous 3/23/2015 2:15:35 PM

any musician whos had the displeasure of sharing a stage with otep will attest to how insufferable she is. outrageous demands, diva attitude, expecting everyone to walk on eggshells around her, ridiculous rider demands, etc. she acts like gods gift to activism, but she is just as greedy as anyone else


anonymous 3/23/2015 2:49:55 PM

I thought this was about the movie Bubba Otep


anonymous 3/23/2015 2:59:43 PM

Every woman ever is beatd at some point.


anonymous 3/23/2015 3:37:32 PM

any musician whos had the displeasure of sharing a stage with otep will attest to how insufferable she is. outrageous demands, diva attitude, expecting everyone to walk on eggshells around her, ridiculous rider demands, etc. she acts like gods gift to activism, but she is just as greedy as anyone else Yes, she is a HUGE c*nt!


anonymous 3/23/2015 4:04:54 PM

Otep singer sounds like marriage material.


genghisjohn 3/23/2015 4:12:49 PM

Slo news day


anonymous 3/23/2015 5:00:20 PM

I have never heard of this Otep chick, but she sounds like a nightmare. I hope no one ever supports her BS.


anonymous 3/23/2015 7:11:12 PM

Who are these bands? This has been a lesson on how to get your fcking shit band fake internet points.


anonymous 3/23/2015 7:54:58 PM

Man, I wish his wife didn't put herself on blast and let everybody know that she has been beatd, totally unnecessary.


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anonymous 3/24/2015 5:24:03 AM

I'm just wondering why this bitch was let into a stage and not in a kitchen making sandwhiches for the men?


anonymous 3/24/2015 5:49:15 AM

^wtf how come previous comments changed the word "rape" to "beat" enough of this PC bullsht


anonymous 3/24/2015 6:12:37 AM

this lady beatd my sandwiches, by forcing her deli meat into my soft succulent buns...


anonymous 3/24/2015 6:22:40 AM

i love how she has a grenade tattooed on her neck,exploding wads on her face & neck...


anonymous 3/24/2015 7:54:23 AM

I'm more shocked that Otep, Ill Nino, Kittie, and 36 Crazyfists are still around in 2015.


anonymous 3/24/2015 3:33:47 PM

the way otep described the 'rape' I kind of expected to read that ol' ROTT had picked her up by her crotch and spun her around like an old time wrassler. but no, a tap on the leg.....grow up.


anonymous 3/24/2015 4:53:47 PM

This Otep bitch just...argh! She pisses me off so much. She has such a diva attitude if you're ever unfortunate enough to book her stupid NuMetal band and she is a known man hater. I would never assault a woman unless she was trying to kill me or something, but she made me so mad that I actually wanted to punch her out like a man. And that she has the audacity to call that drivel she does "art"? Bitch, PLEASE! Cont...


anonymous 3/24/2015 5:01:10 PM

..."Inside the mind of Otep Shamaya" yeah, inside you'll find mostly empty tofu boxes, entitlement and daddy issues and a ragged copy of the S.C.U.M. manifesto. She's go the enlightenment and culture of any junior college first semester women studies class. That's about all the class you'll get outta that worthless excuse for a person. It's about time she hung it up. No more NuMetal, no more shitty acrylic "paintings" and for everyone else's benefit NO MORE TALKING OR BLOGGING!


anonymous 3/24/2015 5:02:14 PM

Otep? HA! More like NOtep! Amirite?


anonymous 3/24/2015 7:15:34 PM

this lady beatd my sandwiches, by forcing her deli meat into my soft succulent buns Amazing.


anonymous 3/25/2015 1:29:36 AM

I bet dude did grab her snatch. Whatever. With that being said, no need to admit to being beatd or " Beatd".


anonymous 3/25/2015 9:11:02 AM

Beatus.


anonymous 3/25/2015 10:22:32 AM

Otep drops pants


sn00py 3/25/2015 12:48:20 PM

Feminism and nu-metal. What a lovely combination of loathing disgust. What a dumb bitch. Bitch is mad she's gained weight throughout her last decade of mainstream success. you're not an artist you skank whore. Go make me a fcking sandwich.


anonymous 3/27/2015 9:54:36 AM

The real question is not whether or not she was sexually assaulted, but who gives a fck about her band anyway? Otep < a flaming pile of garbage. Also, funniest quote from her: He's lucky security handled it before I or my band could. What was she gonna do to "handle" it? Cry on his shirt?


anonymous 3/29/2015 6:15:09 PM

Maybe she means that he got thrown out before having to be subjected to hearing their shitty set? That sound pretty lucky to me!


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