What did Justin Sane do? Allegations explored as Anti Flag breakup leaves fans distraught

Anti Flag disbands after s*xual assault allegations allegedly against the lead singer come to light (Image via Setlist.fm)
Anti Flag disbands after s*xual assault allegations against the lead singer come to light (Image via Setlist.fm)

Anti Flag band member Justin Sane was accused of s*xual assault in an explosive podcast interview, which has left followers shocked. Although the victim did not mention his name, netizens were quick to add up the clues she provided about the “lead singer." Many were confused after the band announced on Patreon that they were breaking up. However, netizens seemingly understood why they did so after the allegations appeared online.

Trigger Warning: The following article contains details related to s*xual assault.

The Pennsylvania-based rock band had deleted their website and social media accounts at the time of writing. However, they uploaded a statement on their official Patreon, which read:

“Anti-Flag has disbanded, the patreon has been switched into a mode where it will no longer charge the monthly fee. I will begin to process refunds to all patrons in the coming weeks. One all the refunds are processed the patreon page will also be removed.”

The social media page deletion happened on the same day that a victim accused Justin Sane of s*xual assault during a podcast interview.


Allegations against Anti Flag’s lead singer explored

The victim Kristina Sarhadi appeared on the Enough podcast. The New York-based “therapist and reiki-master” did not directly name Anti Flag's Sane. However, she referred to him as the “lead singer” in the podcast. In the hour-long podcast, she explained how the punk scene became a safe haven for her while she suffered from a difficult home life. She expressed during the interview that the band was one of her favorites since she was just 9 or 10 years old.

Speaking of one of the times she saw the band perform, Sarhadi explained:

“I had seen them a million times before. They were one of my favourite bands to see live. I obviously went right up to the front row, and during the show, the lead singer and I had that moment where, like you lock eyes, and then you’re just singing to each other.”

The victim also stated that she ended up meeting Justin Sane at the end of the Anti Flag concert. The duo proceeded to exchange numbers and make plans to meet at a film festival close to her locality.

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Following their time together at the film festival, the singer asked Sarhadi if she could drive him to a party in the woods. During their travel, he reportedly got touchy with her and started hitting on her. At one point, he repeatedly asked her to get into the backseat with him. However, she declined the offer.

After the party, the singer went on to kiss another girl outside of her house as Sarhadi stayed with him. She said:

“I immediately felt like the worst person in the world.”

The night ended with Sarhadi landing up in Sane’s hotel room while inebriated. The latter then threw her on the bed after screaming, “football tackle.” Speaking about the assault, Sarhadi said:

“As soon as I hit the bed he put his hand around my throat and basically turned into a monster. There were several moments that I thought I was dying. I definitely may have passed out or thought I was about to pass out.”

She shared that she was “crying, screaming,” and begging him to stop however, the “violent” assault continued for a long time, leaving her to believe that she would be dead by the end of the night.


Netizens respond to Anti Flag’s disbandment

Several followers are yet to view the podcast. However, as they learned about the accusations against the Anti Flag singer, they were heartbroken. They expressed disappointment in the singer and were also saddened to hear that the punk band would no longer be creating music. A few reactions read:

At the time of writing this article, Anti Flag had not responded to the s*xual assault allegations.

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Edited by Karishma Rao
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