Anti-Flag’s Justin Sane Faces More Sexual Misconduct Accusations

Former Anti-Flag frontman Justin Sane is facing more sexual misconduct allegations after 12 more women came forward with accusations in a new report.

The first allegations came when fans linked a podcast episode of enough to Sane. In the episode, Kristina Sarhadi shared her experience of being raped by a singer in a political band from the East Coast. At the time, Sarhadi didn’t name the band or singer. Now in a new report from Rolling Stone, Sarhadi confirmed her accusations were about Sane.

The report also includes stories from 12 more women who shared their predatory encounters with Sane, including sexual relations with a 12-year-old when Sane was a teenager.

“I had no idea it happened to anyone else,” Sarhadi told Rolling Stone. “I felt stupid, embarrassed, and confused, because how could it have happened with this person? He is the anti-rape singer. They are the outspoken feminist band who released an album benefiting women victims of crime. It doesn’t make any sense. [But] even in nature, the worst predators have the best camouflage.”

Several victims call attention to the age gap between Sane and the alleged victims with most being younger than Sane, who, in one case, allegedly told the victim he was 19 when he was actually 30.

Sane didn’t respond to Rolling Stone’s inquiries regarding the new accusations. The other members of Anti-Flag have shared their statement to the publication:

“We trusted everyone associated with the band to maintain a safe and respectful environment. The understanding that abusers can be anywhere further reinforces the importance of survivors speaking out and sharing their stories.… Further, we feel strongly that all predators must atone for their inappropriate actions and be held accountable.”

Read the full report here.

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Ashley Perez is a freelance music journalist based in Chicago. Her work has appeared on AXS, Chicago Innerview, New City, The Millions, and Illinois Entertainer. She also runs her own music blog at Radio Not Found. Some of her favorite bands include Nirvana, The Cure, Muse, Creeper, and Green Day.

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