The American electropunk band Mindless Self Indulgence (or simply MSI) formed in New York City in 1997. The genres of punk rock, alternative rock, electronica, techno, industrial, hip hop, and breakbeat hardcore are all represented in their music.
Jimmy Urine, the Idle Self-Indulger, Is Being Sued for Sexual Battery on a Minor.
Jimmy Urine, aka Mindless Self Indulgence frontman ,and songwriter James Euringer, has been sued for sexual battery on a minor. Rolling Stone and Pitchfork both confirm that the lawsuit was filed today in New York Supreme Court.
A woman who has asked to be referred to only as “Jane Doe” in the lawsuit claims that she and Euringer had sexual encounters between 1997 and 1999, when she was 15 and he was 27.
Euringer “groom[ed] and [manipulated] Plaintiff into thinking that his sexually assaultive behaviour was not criminal and that he and Plaintiff were in fact in a relationship,” as the complaint puts it.
Euringer is accused in the lawsuit of treating Jane Doe “as though she was his girlfriend and the two were in a consensual relationship,” despite knowing that she was a minor.
He also gave her a fake ID so they could go to concerts together and drink, told her to “act like a small child” when they were making out, and told her to “play it cool” in public and save their PDA for when they were alone.
Under the heading “Euringer is a Self-Identified and Self-Promoted Pedophile,” the lawsuit details the shocking tactics previously employed by Mindless Self Indulgence. As shown in Exhibit A, in 1996, one band was looking for a drummer who “doesn’t mind drumming for a band of paedophiles.”
Other examples cited in the complaint include the album cover and song lyrics for 1999’s Tight, specifically “Panty Shot.”
Additionally to Elektra and Warner Music Group, the lawsuit also names Mindless Self Indulgence’s manager and producer, James Galus. There are claims of negligence and complicity in sexual battery against Galus and the record labels.
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