Tool's Maynard James Keenan accused of rape, says claim is 'despicable'

Tool's Maynard James Keenan has been accused of rape, although he says the claims are "false" and "despicable."
By Tyler MacDonald | Nov 05, 2018
Maynard James Keenan, best known as the lead singer of Tool, A Perfect Circle, and Puscifer, was accused of raping a woman back when she was 17 years old. The accusation came from a Twitter user @IWas17HeWas36, who recounted the alleged incident that she claims occurred in 2000 during A Perfect Circle's tour with Nine Inch Nails.

Keenan has responded to the allegations, saying, "Many thanks to those of you who saw right through this despicable false claim that only does damage to the #metoo movement. And shame on those of you who perpetuate this destructive clickbait. As for my delayed but un-required response, I had my phone off. You should try it."

@IWas17HeWas36 claims that Keenan "noticed [her] in the crowd" during A Perfect Circle's set and "threw a water bottle in [her] direction." Afterwards, she said that a woman from the band's crew asked her, "Do you want to meet the band?" The woman allegedly led her to a VIP area where Keenan "was sitting on a picnic table and was staring at [her]."

"I can't talk to you here. Let's go watch a movie," he said before pulling her toward his tour bus and closing the door once they were both inside.

As the two watched a movie, @IWas17HeWas36 said that Keenan put on a movie and began taking his pants off.

"All I could do was sit there, looking at the movie, unable to move," she recalls, claiming that Keenan penetrated her without consent or a condom.

"This was about raping me as fast as he could," she said, claiming that she received the sexually transmitted infection HPV (Human papillomavirus).

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