Jaguar Jonze, real name Deena Lynch has opened up on the #MeToo movement as she spoke on her experience of sexual harassment in the music industry.
Lynch is one of the many artists who have experienced sexual assault in the industry and she’s also one of the handful of artists to come forward in a bid to change the narrative that has gone on for far too long.
Chatting exclusively to The Industry Observer in an investigative piece which takes a deep dive into the revealing new research on the extent of sexual assault against women and gender-related assault in the Australian music industry, Lynch recalled an incident which occurred at a Brisbane nightclub in March 2019.
And furthermore, the sickening power play that comes hand in hand as she revealed that the producers who assaulted her tried to use her music career as a way to try and coerce her.
She shared, “They would say stuff like, ‘Don’t upset your career. You don’t want to make it awkward for us working together in the industry. I just want us to all be friends. We just wrote a really awesome song together. We’re going to be able to have so much fun in the industry’.”
Last night Lynch also spoke on the #MeToo movement on an episode of The Project. As per news.com.au, she shared, “They straight away just went for it… grabbing me, being very sexual towards me. The language changed. The behaviour changed, and I said, ‘Hey, your colleague is making me feel extremely uncomfortable I don’t know what to do,’ to which he replied to me, ‘Oh that’s what he’s like. It’s normal behaviour when he’s intoxicated. Don’t worry about it’.”
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If you have experienced sexual assault or sexual harassment and feel you would like to speak to someone for support or information, 1800RESPECT (Phone: 1800 737 732) can provide counselling 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.
Australian music industry workers can contact the Support Act Wellbeing Helpline. It is staffed by professional counsellors who offer expertise in all areas related to mental health. It is free, confidential and open to anyone in music or the arts. Call 1800 959 500, 24/7, 365 days a year.