AMHERST   -   Singer-songwriter Feist has walked away from her support slot on Ar­cade Fire’s world tour, after the band’s frontman was accused of harrasing misconduct. Four people have accused Win Butler of behav­ing inappropriately, with allega­tions including forceful touching and unwanted, text messages. The allegations, which Butler denies, emerged on Saturday, shortly before the first date of the band’s world tour. Feist, who played the first two dates, says she has now decided to “go home”. “The best way to take care of my band and crew and my family is to distance myself from this tour but not this conversation,” she added. The allegations against Butler emerged in an investigation by music publication Pitchfork. The three women, and one gender-fluid person, accused the singer of taking advantage of his fame and their fan­dom during incidents that occurred between 2015 and 2020, when Butler was aged between 34 and 39. In two statements to Pitchfork, Butler denied all allegations, saying that harrasment interactions he had with the four peo­ple were consensual, but apologised “to anyone who I have hurt with my behaviour”. Writing on social media, Feist said she had learned of the al­legations against Butler at the same time as everyone else. “I read the same headline you did,” said the sing­er, whose full name is Leslie Feist. “We didn’t have any time to prepare for what was coming, let alone a chance to decide not to fly across the ocean into the belly of this situation.