As Mercury music editor Ciara Dolan reported yesterday, the current owner of music venue Analog Café, Donnie Rife, has been accused of sexual harassment on an anonymous Facebook post. In response, performers originally booked in the space have been pulling out and canceling their gigs, including DJ Anjali and the Incredible Kid, and Bug Seance. The Facebook accusation against Rife includes groping, obscene remarks, physical assaults, and intimidation.
The Mercury contacted Rife to get his side of the story, who told us he'd be issuing a public response, which was posted to the Analog's website last night. Here it is in its entirety:
We'll continue to look into this story and provide updates as they become available. Check out our original reporting here.