Kamaal Williams’ gigs in Leeds, Manchester, London and Bristol cancelled following sexual assault allegations

Kamaal Williams’ gigs in Leeds, Manchester, London and Bristol have all been cancelled following sexual assault allegations that had been printed yesterday (Could 22).

The London digital jazz musician (actual identify Henry Wu) was accused of alleged sexual assault by three totally different girls. As investigated by Resident Advisor, the three nameless girls have claimed to have been sexually assaulted by Williams in 2010, 2021 and 2023.

A consultant for Williams has shared a press release saying that the “very severe allegations are unfaithful and emphatically denied by him and that he’ll have the ability to reveal the identical,” (per Resident Advisor). 

A day after the investigation was printed (Could 23), Williams’ upcoming UK gigs have all now been cancelled. The musician was resulting from play at Leeds’ Belgrave Music Corridor this Saturday (Could 25), together with a present at The Blues Kitchen Manchester (Could 26), a three-night residency at London’s Jazz Cafe (Could 29, 30, 31) earlier than concluding his tour at Bristol’s Central Warehouse (June 7).

NME has reached out to Williams for a response to the allegations.

Kamaal Williams performs at Maho Rasop Festival 2023 on December 2, 2023 in Bangkok, Thailand. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)
Kamaal Williams performs at Maho Rasop Competition 2023 (Photograph by Jack Taylor/Getty Pictures)

Resident Advisor‘s investigation spoke to 3 of Williams’ alleged victims, every of whom had been unrelated to one another however recounted related alleged occasions.

The primary girl alleged that when she was 17 in 2010, she met Williams – who was nonetheless often known as Henry Wu on the time – via her then-boyfriend who was mates with the musician on the time.

Whereas her and her boyfriend had been on a break, she ran into Williams at a celebration the place he allegedly made passes to kiss her quite a few occasions. She claimed that the next day she had discovered a shawl in her bag and posted on Fb “Who put their scarf in my bag final evening? It’s nonetheless there.”

The musician allegedly claimed it was his and invited her to his home to drop it off, claiming his youthful brother was dwelling and he couldn’t be left alone. The nameless girl went on to say that as quickly as she arrived, he tried to kiss her to which she rejected however finally relented and kissed him again.

Williams then reportedly “turned me round, pushed me in opposition to the wall into the coat racks, held his arm on my again, and tried to tug my leggings down,” with the girl including that he supplied her a cup of tea as a option to diffuse the state of affairs. She added that he left to the kitchen and got here again, sat subsequent to her on the couch and tried to make a cross at her once more.

She claimed that Williams raped her on the couch in opposition to her will. She added that she by no means reported the rape on the time however she “made a degree to inform individuals” concerning the encounter. She added that she was reluctant to make use of the phrase “rape” resulting from her being so younger and I believe I didn’t fairly perceive what that was.”

The second girl allegedly met Williams after he performed a present on the launch social gathering for a London radio station in August 2021. She went on to say he had blamed his actions on being autistic and alleged he had spiked her drink at a bar and didn’t bear in mind something that occurred after that drink. Nevertheless, she alleged that she wakened in his mattress disorientated the following day.

Apparently, Williams met the girl the following day at a meals stall to elucidate what occurred that evening. Claiming he wanted to retrieve one thing from his automobile, Williams allegedly “linked my arm fairly forcefully” on hers and supplied to drop her off at her place.

When the girl apparently rejected his supply, requesting he take her to a close-by station as a substitute, Williams took her to his place with cans of nitrous oxide, the place the girl claimed he insisted she inhale the gasoline from a balloon. The girl claimed though she verbally rejected his advances, Williams allegedly proceeded to rape her.

The third girl claimed that she had met Williams in her native nation again in August 2023 and a second time in London that very same yr. She claimed she invited him out for some drinks with mates however he turned up in his automobile and wished to go jam at a studio, additionally telling her he was autistic, which was the rationale he might act surprisingly.

She claimed that although she agreed to affix him, she felt the “the vibes had been off instantly.” Allegedly within the studio, Williams instructed the girl that he had by no means felt “this fashion about somebody and genuinely didn’t know the best way to course of these emotions.” The girl went on to say that she rejected his advances and determined to depart however the musician insisted on driving her dwelling.

Williams reportedly known as the girl the next day to ask if she was upset with him. “I believed, ‘He’s on the spectrum and perhaps I ought to give him an opportunity,’” she instructed the outlet. The girl continued to talk to the musician recurrently whereas he was away on tour, finally agreeing to fulfill in her hometown and reluctantly selecting him up from the airport after he allegedly started giving her “actual asshole vibes” by continually calling her whereas she was with household.

Upon arriving to the lodge, Williams allegedly tried to kiss her within the elevator and he or she backed away. Whereas within the room, the girl claimed to had reluctantly let the musician kiss her however she rejected his advances for something additional. “I continued telling him I don’t wish to do that. I used to be like, ‘Why can’t you settle for that I’m uncomfortable?’” she stated. The girl claimed that he sexually assaulted her shortly after.

All three girls’s accounts have been confirmed by mates who spoke to Resident Advisor to corroborate their alleged assaults.

For assist, recommendation or extra data relating to sexual harassment, assault and rape within the UK, go to the Rape Disaster charity web site. Within the US, go to RAINN.

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