There has been a reckoning on Twitter recently, with many people making accusations of sexual assault on social media. Recent accusations have been leveled at comedian Chris D'Elia and actor Ansel Elgort, and the latest to face troubling allegations in Justin Bieber.
An anonymous woman wrote in now deleted tweets that Bieber sexually assaulted her on March 9, 2014, after a surprise performance at SXSW when she was 21 and the singer was 20.
Bieber took the allegations seriously, and addressed them in an extremely thorough Twitter thread packed with literal receipts. He began by saying that he doesn't normally pay attention to rumors, but this one felt necessary to acknowledge.
"I don’t normally address things as I have dealt with random accusations my entire career but after talking with my wife and team I have decided to speak up on an issue tonight."
"Rumors are rumors but sexual abuse is something I don’t take lightly. I wanted to speak out right away but out of respect to so many victims who deal with these issues daily I wanted to make sure I gathered the facts before I made any statement."