A popular artist has rocked Aussie music with shocking sex assault claims amid other harrowing accounts of a toxic industry culture.
A popular artist has rocked Aussie music with shocking sex assault claims amid other harrowing accounts of a toxic industry culture.

Aussie music star’s shocking abuse claims

Australian singer Jaguar Jonze says she was sexually assaulted and groped by two producers amid other disturbing accounts of #metoo incidents in the music industry.

Jonze, whose real name is Deena Lynch, said she was attacked after being invited to a gig by two music producers.

"They straight away just went for it. Grabbing me, being very sexual towards me," Lynch told Channel 10's The Project on Tuesday.

She said one of the producers shoved "their hand up my shirt, underneath my bra, put their hands up my shorts, underneath my underwear."

Later, her attackers pinned her against "a pillar so that they could kiss me." Lynch added: "It was dark and they were very strategic about things."

Lynch's shocking story comes amid other harrowing accounts of appalling conduct, toxic working environments and inappropriate behaviour within the Australian music industry on an anonymous Instagram page which is rapidly growing followers and clout.

The Beneath The Glass Ceiling page launched in November last year with the aim to give a voice to people who have experienced "sexual assault and harassment, abuse of power, bullying and systemic inequality" within the industry and to call out problematic behaviour.


Jaguar Jonze aired the claims on the Project.
Jaguar Jonze aired the claims on the Project.

The many disturbing experiences from anonymous contributors have made the page a talking point in industry and media circles and it is interesting to note who is liking posts and following the page.

The page does not name names and no business are identified.

A snapshot of some of the contributions include an anonymous individual sharing how she was pulled aside by her manager at an after hours work event and told he would be doing her performance review the following day.

"He then proceeded to look down my top at my breast and said: "If your performance was based on your physique you'd get top marks," she wrote.

"In shock I told him that was inappropriate and left immediately. After that the bullying started."

Another contributor told how a group of 15 music label executives attended a pre-show meet and greet with a female Grammy Award winner when she toured Australia.

They were told by the artist's management not to kiss her.

One of the executives however went out of his way to kiss the star in the meet and greet.

"Not once, not twice, but three times," she wrote.

"The next day ..... (they) made sure everyone knew what he did and why he did it … because 'Nobody tells him what to do in his territory'."

A female employee in the radio industry wrote: "(it) really grosses me out having to write this but a male executive sent me pictures of his genitals with his face in it. This person is married with children."

Another contributor alleged during her time in the music industry she "was filmed having sex without my consent. I begged for it to be deleted and was told it was … only to find out this person was showing people and laughing."

Lynch refused her attackers' advances, repeatedly, telling them, "No."

They told her, 'Don't sour this relationship,' and said it would affect Lynch's career.

Eventually, she managed to flee the gig and escape to freedom.

Her account came as Dr Jeff Crabtree, of the University of Technology Sydney, released a report about harassment in the music industry.

His study surveyed 145 music industry workers on harassment and workplace bullying.

His research found 65 per cent of the women surveyed, who work in the music industry, experienced pressure to have sex; and 85 per cent have experienced other forms of sexual harassment.

Vicki Gordon, executive director of the Australian Women in Music Awards, said: "Sadly, the toxic culture that prevents women from succeeding in the Australian music industry continues to prevail. These findings are extremely disturbing."

Jonze's songs include Rabbit Hole, Deadalive and Kill Me With Your Love

Last year, she also competed to sing at the Eurovision Song Contest.

Originally published as Aussie music star's shocking abuse claims