Vol 8 No. 40, Jun 24 - Jun 30 1999


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RAPE CASE IN LIMBO
Modest Mouse Singer Still Not Charged
by Samantha M. Shapiro


LAST WEEK, MODEST MOUSE PLAYED THEIR FIRST local show since word got out in March that a 19-year-old woman had filed a police report accusing lead singer Isaac Brock of rape. From the looks of their well-played, sold-out gig at the Showbox and their upcoming tour supporting Built to Spill, the controversy appears to have blown over. Local columnist Reef Valmont, who writes "Kill the Lights" for on-line magazine Pandemonium, went so far to report, "apparently all rape charges have been dropped against Isaac Brock."

"Apparently," in this case, is a euphemism for "according to rumor." The sexual assault allegation was recently passed on from the cops to the city prosecutor's office after a lengthy--nearly three-month--investigation. Down at the prosecutor's office, spokesperson Dan Donohoe reports, "It would be inaccurate to say charges have been dropped. They haven't yet been dropped or pressed. We're considering what's going to happen." Donohoe says the office expects to reach a conclusion in a matter of weeks. The detective who led the investigation, Ken Swanson, says he doesn't think the prosecutor's office will press charges. "Based on the evidence that I gathered, I think it's unlikely," he says.

Neither Brock, who denies the allegations, nor the woman who pressed charges could be reached for comment.

Candice Peterson, Modest Mouse's manager, says it's a coincidence that Modest Mouse hasn't played local shows since the allegations. "The band may be signing to another label, and they've been out of town a ton because of it," Peterson says. "The allegations haven't affected the band's tours at all. They've been really busy going to Canada, eastern Washington, and Japan." Peterson also dismisses rumors that the rape allegations have Brock thinking about leaving Seattle, although she adds, "His girlfriend goes to school in Florida, so it's a possibility."

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