As an update to my previous post:
It looks like William has removed himself from social media completely. All of the artists on his record label have left, and they have made their own statements on IG. I follow his wife, Lyndsey (who is literally a goddess – follow her IG if you love posts about yoga and holistic health), and she has stated that she is going to be divorcing him. There was an article added to Salty World, but apparently, the site has crashed due to the influx of traffic, so I didn’t get a chance to read it. There have been several women on Twitter that are sharing their stories, but I’m not going to bother linking them here… all you have to do is go on Twitter and search “William Control,” and they are there for the viewing. More are added/updated on a daily basis, with screenshots and such. There is one woman, Stormie Somers, who I came across on Facebook (before William deleted her comments on his post) that has made several videos on the situation which are worth watching. She has moved them to Youtube to have more reach to the public.
I have decided that I will not be throwing out my merchandise or my records. It seems kind of silly to do that, considering I already paid for them and I’m not going to get my money back. Destroying my own property doesn’t help anyone. I am going to be taking my posters and autographs down, and storing them with my t-shirts and my records in a Rubbermaid and putting them away. Maybe they will come out again if William decides to come out, apologize, and make amends for what he has done. I don’t know. I feel sick, and I feel betrayed. We will see what happens legally, whether or not he’ll be charged with sexual abuse or something of the like (I am not sure what it would be considered under the American penal code – you’d think with all the American forensic programs I watch I would know – but nope), we’ll have to see. According to the Tumblr blog, the authorities are investigating this as we speak.
Abuse is not okay. I think that goes without saying. Abuse given under the guise of BDSM is not okay. Exploitation of mentally ill girls who are star struck by you is not okay. There is nothing about this situation that is okay, and it bothers me that not many media outlets are talking about this. Hopefully, as the situation progresses, we’ll see more media coverage. I’m not going to be talking about this anymore, because it upsets me too much, but all I can do I guess is say that I support the women who endured this, and I send my love and light to them in hopes that they will recover from this, and grow and flourish.
As a closing note… I have every intention of supporting the artists that were formally part of his record label because they’re all amazing and I am sad that they had to deal with something like this.