Miguel has issued a new statement regarding University of New Mexico student Xian Bass' sexual assault allegation. In an Instagram post in March 2017, Bass accused Miguel of grabbing her breast and removing it from her shirt without consent at a club in Los Angeles. In a new statement to Spin via his publicist, Miguel called Bass' resurfaced accusations "bizarre and twisted."
Bass was interviewed as part of a Spin feature titled "Miguel's War & Leisure and the Allegation We Forgot." The alleged assault, Bass said, took place at Tenants of the Trees on March 14 while she was on vacation. "To just grab [my breast] like that is an act of ownership…It had nothing to do with how I looked or what I wore," Bass, 31, told Rich Juzwiak. "It had to do with power."
Bass filed a police report after the alleged incident, something she was initially reluctant to do. "I didn't want to [file the report] because black lives matter," she said. "I [didn't] want to because I do not want to put another brown man in jail. I [didn't] want to because I [didn't] want to be re-traumatized by going to law enforcement. However, yes, I did. I didn't want to, but I do know that for other people who may have been abused or assaulted or whatever, maybe this will help them as well."
According to Bass, a detective later said no action could be taken against Miguel unless "other women" come forward. LAPD officer Charles Morton confirmed that a sexual assault or harassment allegation involving the two had been investigated.
Miguel's full statement to Spin reads, "I felt I had already addressed how bizarre and twisted this accusation was when I was asked about it in March. Her story of what transpired is not accurate and the accusation is unfair and unwarranted."
He first minimized Bass' story for TMZ shortly after she went public, nine months ago. Miguel called the accusation “not even worth answering” and said we're seeing an epidemic of people "really looking for attention in the wrong ways":
Dear Miguel, I used to be a fan of your music. I was a fan of your music until you blatantly disrespected my body in a public place. There is nothing I did or said that warranted this disgusting display of entitlement, rape culture, and male privilege. I approached you respectfully and you still decided my body was not sacred enough to be treated as a human being. After we took this photo, you took it upon yourself to grab my breast and remove it from my shirt WITHOUT CONSENT. You then proceeded to look at my naked breast with such a disgusting look on your face. It's still embedded in my memory. The sneer of your lip and salivating mouth is making my stomach turn. I really don't understand why you would do that to someone who approached you as a fan. I'm beyond disgusted right now. Are you used to treating random female strangers this way? Have you gotten away with this in the past? Well, it stops HERE and NOW. I will not sit in shameful silence and allow sexual assault to be normalized. #toxicmasculinity #maleprivilege #violated #rapecultureisreal #celebrityprivilege #iwasntaskingforit #speakup #speakupspeakout #nomiguel