The allegations against brothers Nathan and Anthony Thoen surfaced on Facebook Monday through a public post written by Tiara Jackle. The charges date back to 2016. Jackle said she was brought in for a video shoot for Yukigassen Team Canada, who was traveling to Japan to participate in a snowball competition. “The entire experience felt predatory, with unprofessional misogynistic comments, and pressure to act for the camera in a way that seemed objectifying, overtly sexual and demeaning,” said Jackle.
Jackle did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
No other group member was involved in the video shoot, which was not a music video or any type of promotion for Bombargo.
On Wednesday, the Thoen brothers released a statement on their group’s official website disputing some of Jackle’s claims and stating that Jackle’s post “contains misinformation.”
“Our recollection of the shoot differs from that of the post, but we recognize that our perception of what happened was influenced by our gender and our privileges. We would never make anyone uncomfortable. It goes against everything we stand for as brothers and as a group, ”the statement read.
Nathan Thoen said the whole group is taking steps to reflect and learn from the situation. He said members will take a sensitivity training course “to make sure we keep learning and growing”.
Allegedly ignored borders
Jackle said in her post that she was asked during filming to act as a background secretary for promotional content that would be used by the crew, which included the Thoen brothers.
Jackle said she was instructed to line up with two other models, one of whom was an underage, and walk towards Yukigassen’s limbs, take their hands and lead them to a private room.
“This scene, of course, was meant to imply that a sexual act would start in the room between me and the Yukigassen members,” Jackle said.
The Thoens have denied that an underage model is on set.
Jackle said she was also instructed to rip a tourniquet off Nathan Thoen’s arm and then “playfully slap him with it.”
“My refusal to ‘playfully slap’ prompted various irritated complaints from the men in the room and the band tried to persuade me to perform this action in the scene against my will,” Jackle said.
She said the underage model was instructed to kiss with a male actor and when the scene was over the man reportedly had an erection.
Jackle said the three actresses expressed their discomfort on several occasions during filming and their limitations were ignored.
“Throughout the experience, I felt objectified, pressured, disrespectful, and any attempt I made to express my limitations or objections was immediately dismissed. I had even tried to quit the set at one point and several of the men pressured me to stay, “Jackle said.
The Thoens have denied that any issues arose during filming.
“I don’t remember anyone expressing any discomfort, and I think if I had, I would have done something to help with the situation at the time. I have taken this whole situation incredibly seriously and want to make the most of it. may in order to be more aware in the future, ”Anthony Thoen said in the statement.
Jackle said the underage model contacted her days after the shoot, overwhelmed by the experience. Jackle said he reported the incident to his modeling agency, who asked Yukigassen Team Canada to remove the images and remove them from all online platforms.
Jackle said she worried the pictures still exist.
“This whole experience has been traumatic and deeply disturbing for me. I continue to worry about this video footage, knowing that it could be detrimental to the trajectory of my career and to the artistic body that I created in the years following this event. Jackle said in her post.
Camera operator speaks
Chad Reynolds, who was also mentioned in Jackle’s post, posted his own statement on Facebook on Wednesday.
Reynolds said he was hired as one of the project’s cameramen in January and February 2016.
“I am repelled to be included in this context and to be associated with it at all,” he said.
Reynolds said he didn’t see everything in Jackle’s post, but “should have spoken on the spot to make sure everyone felt comfortable with the scenes shot before and throughout the filming ”.
“It looked like some of the team members were exploiting in this instance and unfortunately I wasn’t able to realize at the time that things were wrong,” said Reynolds. “I was wrong not to speak at that time and I apologize. ”
He said he pulled out of the project after Yukigassen Team Canada posted an ad on Kijiji looking for “girls.”
Reynolds said the project took a direction he wasn’t comfortable with.
Saskatchewan’s music industry reacts
Jackle’s Facebook post drew a quick reaction from the Saskatchewan music industry, with people calling for cultural changes.
Juno-nominated artist Megan Nash took to her Instagram account to thank Jackle for coming forward.
“Reliving trauma is never easy and I send you all so much love. Thank you for your bravery, ”Nash said.
Nash called on Bombargo for help and to stop hurting people, and encouraged his supporters to donate to a women’s shelter.
The Capitol Music Club posted its own post on Facebook to promote safe spaces.
“We are aware of the current situation involving certain sexual misconduct and we will learn and grow from the incident to ensure that the place and community around us is the safest space possible for all staff, musicians and musicians. bosses in the future, ”the club said. .
The company said it was working directly with SaskMusic to develop policies and programs to drive change in the industry.