While predatory practices and misconduct exist throughout most industries, the BBC recently focused its view of the music business with its latest documentary Music’s Dirty Secret: Women Fight Back.
Airing on Wednesday (1.27), the British documentary film explored the ugly underbelly of the music industry. The 44-minute show sheds light on numerous cases of young female artists and professionals who say they were harassed and coerced by men in powerful positions.
Among the revelations is an exclusive interview with DJ Kristen Knight, a supposed victim of the late Erick Morillo, who accused the male deejay/producer/artist/record label owner of rape. Following a party in Miami where they played a gig together, a date rape drug was found in her system after the alleged attack. More than a year later and 24 hours before he was to appear in court, Morillo was found dead of “an accidental drug overdose.”
The British Broadcasting Company piece also scrutinizes the behavior of rapper Octavian, whose debut album release was scrapped by his record label. The investigation further details the pattern of sexual abuse by grime artist Solo 45, who is currently serving 30 years in prison after being convicted of 21 counts of rape and other offenses, including imprisonment and torture, against four women.
Music’s Dirty Secret: Women Fight Back is expansive and dark giving the accusers and victims a platform from which to speak.