*UPDATE* – Booka reached out to us personally to clarify that it is a third-party individual making the accusations against her. It was not the other person directly involved in the actual act.
In a statement released today, former MAKE THEM SUFFER keyboardist Booka Nile revealed several screenshots from her personal Instagram account along with a statement on recent allegations of sexual assault.
Nile writes: “I categorically deny the allegations made against me. I understand that without a statement from the alleged victim this whole incident is hearsay, which is exactly what it is. He does not want any part in this mess due to being vilified publicly by the same person I am now being vilified by too. I have permission to post a screenshot below from their best friend who was the only person they trusted to share the secret of our affair during the time that we were seeing each other. Whilst it is not proof of my innocence, it does provide necessary context to other carefully selected screenshots that have been used to falsely accuse me.
“I completely own that bragging about intercourse in the way that I did using the language I did is not inline with the person I hold myself up to be. I am deeply ashamed of myself for talking like this in an attempt to come across powerful or cool. I have attached the other screenshots from that conversation as some context too. Against, whilst not proof of my innocence, it does provide more context.
“The reason that he was checking with me and said ‘should we be doing this’ is because we were doing it behind his best friend’s back, who was an ex-lover of mine and who I was feeling angry and hurt by. He was doing the right thing by me by checking that we were both okay with moving forward. He and I had a sexual relationship over several months and every time, it was consensual. He has no desire to get caught up in this sordid mess at this stage and wishes to remain out of it and anonymous so therefore he cannot corroborate my story. This is, however, the truth. Right now I am moving forward with my life. I’ve always worked in the mental health and disability space and I will not let false accusations stop me from continuing to help people. I’ve moved home with my parents and am spending the time improving myself so that I can be a better friend, artist, and career.
“This matter is now in the hands of the authorities and I won’t be making any further comments on the matter.”
MAKE THEM SUFFER released the following statement back on February 24 via their official Instagram: “Booka Nile’s time as a member of Make Them Suffer has come to an end. Unfortunately we are unable to comment any further on the matter. – Sean, Nick, Jordan & Jaya.
As reported by Lambgoat, Nile responded to the announcement, stating, “It’s been real y’all. I’m excited for the next chapter and to see what adventures come next. Thanks for the memories, Make Them Suffer.”
The news of Nile’s departure comes amidst recent allegations of sexual assault against her were made online, however details remain unclear at this point in time. (See tweet below)
Nile would later add further comments on the situation, saying (via Lambgoat): “My DMs are overflowing right now with people asking me why I’ve left Make Them Suffer. I know you haven’t been given a proper explanation so I just want to say that I will release a proper statement and explanation over the next week or so. I’m super busy and exhausted from my crazy work life but it’s important to me that those who have supported me so much over the years are given a proper and in-depth explanation of why I’ve left the band. So I promise you all I will explain soon. In the mean time, I’d like to just thank you for the love you are all sending me in the wake of this news. It has warmed my heart and I love you right