Maynard James Keenan Responds to Rape Allegations

An anonymous fan claimed they were raped by Tool/A Perfect Circle frontman in 2000

Tool and A Perfect Circle frontman Maynard James Keenan has responded to allegations of sexual assault made against him by a fan who posted a detailed account to Twitter last weekend.

Keenan took to Twitter to deny the claims, calling them “false” and saying that the anonymous user’s post “only does damage to the #metoo movement.” Keenan also explained why it took him several days to respond, saying his phone was turned off.

Last Friday, a Twitter user, @IWas17HeWas36, claimed Keenan invited them backstage at an A Perfect Circle and Nine Inch Nails concert before forcing himself upon them. Warning: The following thread contains graphic details and may be disturbing to some readers.

Reddit users started a since-locked thread following the @IWas17HeWas36 post in which multiple users shared stories of women being invited backstage to meet Keenan, while male friends were told they were not welcome.

A Perfect Circle is currently on tour in Europe, with an appearance set for tonight, Thursday, June 28 at the Download Festival in Madrid, Spain. Keenan has teased that new material from Tool is on the way for 2019.