Police urge people to contact them after sexual assault allegations surface against Wellington musicians

Warning - this article discusses sexual assault.

Police are urging the public to contact them directly after dozens of people shared accounts of a group of Wellington musicians allegedly drugging, sexual assaulting, harassing or raping them.

On Tuesday a police spokesperson told Newshub they are aware of the allegations and are looking into them but say publicly naming the accused must stop.

"Police would urge people not to name names or post details on social media, and instead give any relevant information to police."

Police said in a statement that naming people could impact the investigation.

"While we understand the concerns of the community in regard to this matter we ask people to refrain from using social media to name individuals or post personal details."

They say the reports are being taken "extremely seriously". 

Wellington city councillor Tamatha Paul  told Newshub she is facilitating a meeting between herself, police and some of the alleged victims to discuss the allegations.

Sexual violence victim advocate Louise Nicholas told Newshub she will also be at the meeting to provide assistance to those who have come forward. 

Where to find help and support:

  • Need to Talk? - Call or text 1737
  • Lifeline - 0800 543 354 or (09) 5222 999 within Auckland
  • Youthline - 0800 376 633, text 234, email talk@youthline.co.nz or online chat
  • Samaritans - 0800 726 666
  • Depression Helpline - 0800 111 757
  • Suicide Crisis Helpline - 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO)