"We will be continuing the tour without him."
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Duncan Bentley, the vocalist of South African deathcore band Vulvodynia, has been kicked out of the band after allegedly threatening and attempting to kill drummer Tom Hughes.
“We were not in any sort of drunken brawl,” Hughes clarified on social media. The drummer said that he and Bentley were having an “amazing” night out with friends over the weekend before Bentley’s behaviour became erratic, “irritable,” and “unnecessarily mean”.
Hughes added, “I literally said ‘Duncan as a friend I need to know if you have been drinking tonight’ and he absolutely lost it.”
According to Hughes, violent incidents with Bentley have occurred in the past. He also stated that Vulvodynia were considering removing the vocalist from the band before the alleged incident “but he’d assured us he would quit drinking and had been seeking professional help.”
In a statement shared on Facebook, Vulvodynia wrote about the incident:
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“Due to recent events and recurring uncontrollable violence from Duncan Bentley. We can no longer have him in the band.
“This has been something we have been considering even before this tour but had to just continue and try our best because the financial losses would have been too devastating.
“He threatened and tried to kill our drummer Tom. Tom ended in hospital and sustained various injuries including a badly broken nose. This is also not the first time he’s attacked Tom and displayed this type of violence. Its been a recurring problem for a while. We thought it was alcohol related but we now know its just who he is.”
The band added, “We will be continuing the tour without him. We are going to try make plans to get some friends who are vocalists to help us out on the way and still bring you the best show possible.
“Tom is absolutely destroyed and in pain but he’s willing to try finish up the tour and we will do our best. As many of you might know the cost of touring is insanely high and we would like to finish the tour to help us cover our costs.
“We hope you guys all understand and we are heart broken to bring you this news.
“Please do not trust Duncan. He is a manipulator, psychopath and compulsive liar. He will try take us down after this and we just need you all to know the truth.”
The band ended the post by claiming that Bentley has access to the Vulvodynia Facebook account and has been scrubbing posts.