Friday, May 18th, 10:30 am ET Update: According to Consequence of Sound, Dave Matthews Band released a statement on Thursday night officially distancing themselves from Tinsley, who they say is “no longer a member of the band.” DMB adds that they’re “shocked by these disturbing allegations and we were not previously aware of them.”Today, Consequence of Sound released a chilling article detailing sexual misconduct allegations against Boyd Tinsley, the longtime violinist for Dave Matthews Band who announced his hiatus from the group earlier this year. In the extensive article, writer Jessica Lipsky details Tinsley’s relationship with James Frost-Winn, a 28-year-old Seattle-based trumpet player who formerly worked with Tinsley in the band Crystal Garden in 2015 and 2016. Frost-Winn filed a lawsuit against Tinsley in Washington State on May 17th seeking $9 million in damages and alleging that Tinsley created a “hostile work environment” in which sex-based demands were intertwined with the band’s success.In the article, Frost-Winn details his relationship with the 54-year-old violinist, noting that they met in fall of 2007 when Frost-Winn was 18-years-old and homeless. Flattered by the mutual love of music and generosity Tinsley extended, Frost-Winn developed a friendship with Tinsley, who bought him and his friends dinners, car rides homes, and passes to Outside Lands Music Festival in 2009. After the Outside Lands Music Festival, Tinsley sent Frost-Winn a text calling him “sweet, tender, and innocent”—Frost-Winn claims that he rebutted the comments immediately and Tinsley apologized and said that “sometimes people do good things without expecting things in return” and “he wasn’t trying to hit on [Frost-Winn].”The two remained in contact over the years, with Frost-Winn performing around the Bay Area. In 2014, Tinsley approached the trumpeter about creating a band of his own that would be the subject of a documentary, and the two men formed Crystal Garden in 2015. At Tinsley’s suggestion, Frost-Winn moved from San Francisco to Seattle to pursue the endeavor, and the band embarked on a tour. However, as reported by Consequence of Sound, Frost-Winn notes that the two men’s relationship changed, with Tinsley making increasingly inappropriate comments and requests, from joking about Frost-Winn performing oral sex on Tinsley in exchange for his gift of football tickets to requesting that Frost-Winn give Tinsley the pair of socks he was wearing.After an explosive recording session where Tinsley “freaked out in seconds, grabbed this beautiful vintage guitar from the ’50s or ‘60s and smashed it to pieces” because bassist Charlie Csontos wasn’t following Tinsley’s directions, Frost-Winn took it upon himself to calm the Dave Matthews Band violinist down. As Consequence of Sound explains, “As Frost-Winn fell asleep on the couch in the studio, Tinsley allegedly touched his legs, rubbed his back, and put his feet on his buttocks.” Though annoyed, the trumpeter eventually fell asleep, though woke up to Tinsley masturbating next to him while touching his ass. While Frost-Winn was “freaked out” and “felt assualted,” Tinsley explained away his actions on a “pill mix-up,” and Frost-Winn forgave him but still remained wary.Over time, Frost-Winn and Tinsley’s relationship mended, though the inappropriate requests continued, and “Frost-Winn felt powerless, like he had to shrug it off” because Tinsley was his boss. In text messages included in the Consequence of Sound article, Tinsley asks Frost-Winn to “take some pics and vids of yourself and send me? It’s really hot when you wear dirty socks, btw.”More graphic, on March 18th, 2016, Tinsley sent the following text message to Frost-Winn:Gonna take more pics of you. Let me know when the swelling is gone and your neck is better. Would like to do it next week. You’re such boner material and I want you at your best. I’m actually masterbating to the thought of your shots. Prob will have you shave your pubes, at least above the cock base. I want you sagging some, with it being obvious that you aren’t wearing underwear. Jeans are dirty, shirt is dirty, but your face and hair are immaculate. Angelic. You get the vibe We’re going for huge throbbing boner shit (wet pussy included). You are the dirty pretty boy of the band. I have to sexually exploit you as much as I can without looking like I’m sexually exploiting you. I’m in full jerk right now, catch you later.Following these messages, the young trumpeter reevaluated the moment he caught Tinsley masturbating while touching him, leading him to quit Crystal Gardens and move back to the Bay Area.On February 2nd, 2018, Tinsley announced that he would be leaving Dave Matthews Band. The date of Tinsley’s announcement coincided with the date that Frost-Winn’s first demand letter to settle his case against Tinsley for assault and harassment was issued. However, in his statement on Twitter, Tinsley offered the following explanation to blindsided fans, noting that he needed “to take a break from the band & touring 2 focus on my family & my health 4 a while. I will miss you guys & my brothers in the band but I’m somewhat worn out & need 2 spend more time with my family & 2 bring more balance to my life.”Earlier in the week, Dave Matthews addressed Tinsley’s departure in an interview with Vulture. While Matthews expressed his “deep love for Boyd,” he was vague about the prospect of Tinsley returning and hinted that the violinist’s departure might not be as simple as Tinsley’s previous statements on focusing on health and family. Matthews elaborated,He has to deal with his stuff. In many ways, I’m sure it would’ve been a lot easier for him to just say, “I’m good. Let’s go play.” But you can’t just throw yourself away, your wellness away, because you play violin in a band. It doesn’t make any sense to do that. … I can’t say, ‘I can’t wait till he comes back,’ because I don’t know what’s going to happen. … But right now being away is better for him. Nobody is happy about this situation. Except that we’re happy he can figure some stuff out. I hope he does. But I’m going to miss having that whirling-dervish Adonis-Muppet over there on my right. I know the audience is, too. But we can’t serve that desire.This story will continue to unfold. You can read Consequence Of Sound’s extensive detailing of James Frost-Winn’s allegations against Boyd Tinsley here.
Jun 19, 2006 (CIDRAP News ) – An H5 avian influenza virus was found in a dead gosling in a backyard flock in eastern Canada late last week, but authorities said today there is “no evidence” that the virus is the deadly H5N1 strain.Meanwhile, Hungary was culling poultry following the recent confirmation of the country’s first H5N1 outbreak in domestic birds, according to Agence France-Presse (AFP).In Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced Jun 16 that a young goose on Prince Edward Island had tested positive for an H5 virus. The gosling was one of four birds that died in a flock of about 40, according to a Jun 18 Reuters report. Further testing was under way at the National Centre for Foreign Animal Disease in Winnipeg, Man., the CFIA said.”There is no evidence to suggest that we are dealing with the H5N1 strain currently in Asia and other countries,” the CFIA said in an update today. “That virus is marked by very high mortality in birds, which was not observed in this particular situation.”If the virus turned out to be the deadly Asian strain of H5N1, this would mark its first appearance in North America. But mild H5 viruses have been found in Canadian poultry before. About 58,000 poultry were culled near Chilliwack, British Columbia, last November to stop an outbreak of a low-pathogenic H5 virus.The CFIA destroyed the Prince Edward Island flock of 35 to 40 ducks, geese, and chickens Jun 16, the Reuters report said. In addition, the CFIA said today it had quarantined a farm next to the affected one and was testing the birds there.”There has been no evidence of AI [avian influenza] in the birds on this second premises, but there has been regular movement of people and possibly animals between the two premises,” the agency said.A CFIA veterinarian named Jim Clark suggested that the four dead birds on the affected farm might have died of something other than avian flu. “There’s no direct evidence that the influenza virus was the cause of the problem in the four birds that died,” Clark told Reuters.H5 and H7 viruses can have either high or low pathogenicity. Low-pathogenic forms circulating in poultry can mutate into high-pathogenic strains.If the Prince Edward Island virus is found to be highly pathogenic, all poultry within 3 kilometers of the affected farm will be culled, according to CFIA spokesman Marc Richard, as quoted by the Bloomberg news agency today.Canada had a bout with a highly pathogenic H7N3 avian flu virus in southern British Columbia 2 years ago, the Bloomberg reported noted. Authorities destroyed 17 million poultry to stop that outbreak.In Hungary, poultry culling was already under way when the European Union’s avian flu reference laboratory in Weybridge, England, confirmed Jun 16 that the deadly H5N1 strain caused a disease outbreak on a farm in Kiskunmajsa, according to a Jun 16 AFP report.The outbreak was Hungary’s first in domestic birds, according to an online report today by the weekly newspaper The Budapest Times. The country reported H5N1 cases in wild swans in February.Hungary reported the poultry outbreak to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) Jun 9, listing the virus as an H5. The disease killed about 800 geese and prompted the culling of 2,300 more, according to the OIE report.The Budapest Times said the virus was found on several farms. “Authorities said all poultry within one kilometer of the outbreaks must be destroyed, meaning about half a million birds,” the story said.Hungarian Agriculture Minister Jozsef Graf said the government had allocated 11 million euros to compensate farmers affected by the outbreak, the newspaper reported. Graf also said Hungary had asked the European Union for 32 million euros in compensation for losses due to avian flu.In other developments, China reported an avian flu outbreak on poultry farms in the northern province of Shanxi, according to an AFP story based on information from Xinhua. The story gave no details on the size of the outbreak.The deadly strain of H5N1 has affected poultry in 34 countries since late 2003, according to the OIE. The organization published a chart today that listed the number of reported outbreaks by country. Vietnam led the list with 2,313 outbreaks, followed by Thailand (1,078), Indonesia (211), Turkey (176), Romania (168), Russia (121), China (80), Nigeria (69), Ukraine (23), Korea (19), and Cambodia (16).See also:OIE report on Hungary outbreakhttp://web.oie.int/wahis/reports/en_imm_0000004062_20060609_121544.pdfOIE graph of poultry outbreaks by countryDec 30, 2005, CIDRAP News story “H5N1 avian flu viruses: What’s in a name?”