Grimes Reveals Numerous Producers Tried To ‘Blackmail Her Into Sex’

By : Ben Hayward |



Grimes has revealed that numerous music producers she worked with tried to blackmail her into having sex with them.

The 28-year-old Canadian singer, producer and artist spoke out in an interview with Rolling Stone when asked what she thought about Kesha’s recent court battle against Dr Luke.

Grimes, whose real name is Claire Boucher, admitted she’d never acted on any of the blackmail attempts but that if she’d been ‘younger’ or ‘more financially desperate’ it could’ve been a very different story.

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She told Rolling Stone:

I don’t know enough about the specifics of [Kesha’s] situation, because it seems very complicated.

But I will say I’ve been in numerous situations where male producers would literally be like: “We won’t finish the song unless you come back to my hotel room.”

If I was younger or in a more financially desperate situation, maybe I would have done that.

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The singer also said she believes the problem is incredibly common and is even partly to blame for the lack of women working at the top levels in the music industry.

She said:

I don’t think there are few female producers because women aren’t interested. It’s difficult for women to get in. It’s a pretty hostile environment.

However, in a recent tweet Grimes said she doesn’t like being asked about industry sexism as she feels it leads to her being portrayed as a victim.

It’s fair to say this probably highlights her point – even when specifically asked about it, many women still don’t feel comfortable taking about what is clearly a big problem in the industry.


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