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Aiden frontman accused of leading 'sex cult'

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 12:46 PM PT

Do you remember Aiden? The Seattle, Washington horror punk/post-hardcore band existed from 2003 through 2012 (and again in 2015) and released seven albums, including five with Victory Records. During a portion of his time with Aiden, and after the group disbanded, frontman William Francis (aka William Control) has maintained a solo career, in addition to working as a record producer, artist, and author.

Sadly, it's now alleged that Francis has also been operating a "sex cult" for the past several years. Accusations of physical and emotional abuse at the hands of Francis from multiple women began to circulate online earlier this month.

Shortly thereafter, Francis posted the following statement:

I have seen the latest controversy floating around the internet regarding the same allegations from last year.

The truth is: I went into the police for questioning about these allegations earlier this year. After showing the detective my side of the story, including private communication, he recommended no charges be pressed, because it was clear the behavior was consensual.

I have, in the past, engaged in heavy role play and bondage relationships WITH consent. However, I do not engage in that sort of play anymore. And for anyone who feels as though I have hurt them or violated their consent, I am sorry. It won't ever happen again.

There are lots of things that have been said that are outright lies. I have never been with underage girls. I have never been involved in a "sex cult."

I work all-day every-day in the print shop or in the recording studio making stuff for the fans. I spend my evenings with my wife and son hanging out playing Nintendo or watching cartoons. I haven't been on the road in almost a year. My life just isn't that interesting. I'm sorry, I wish it were.

Please stop harassing and sending death threats to my wife my son. That is way out of line.

A day later, he claimed to be putting his William Control career to an end:

I've decided that in order to move forward with my life I am shutting everything down completely. There will be no pre order for the new record. I don't want the artists on the label to be affected by my own personal shit.

I'm sorry to everyone but it's best that I focus on my family and not have any more communication with the outside world.

Take care everyone. You really have made my life amazing.

Fast forward ten days and The Daily Beast has now put forth an extensive report detailing the claims against Francis, which culminate with the allegation that he is "the leader of a violent 'sex cult'."

If you're interested in the details, you can find them here.

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