Social media provides people with a platform to share their thoughts, opinions, and personal stories, but it can also be used to mislead and even destroy another person’s life. Record producer Chris Nelson has found himself as the victim of allegations thrown by music artist Phoebe Bridgers, who has accused him of abuse, violence, theft, and grooming. However, the producer has broken silence with a $3.8 million defamation suit against Bridgers.
The owner of downtown recording studio Sound Space presented legal documents that stated how the 27-year old musician damaged his reputation and income following “false and misleading statements” about Nelson on Instagram in October 2020. In the documents, Nelson talked about how he, his ex-girlfriend Emily Bannon, and Bridgers were in a consensual sexual relationship in 2018.
Chris Nelson shares that he met Bridgers through Marshall Vore, a drummer who plays in her gigs. At the time, Nelson believed that Bridgers and Vore had a prior sexual relationship. Throughout his friendship with Bridgers, he noted that she would make several comments about Vore’s preference to date young women despite being in his thirties. Nelson claims that the young artist revealed how the drummer dated an 18-year-old named Zoe and encouraged a 19-year-old named Ruby to move in with him. However, the producer says that Bridgers never made public comments about Vore.
Later in their friendship, Chris Nelson and his then-girlfriend, Emily Bannon, invited Phoebe Bridgers to engage in consensual sexual encounters. The friendship-turned-intimate-relationship would even reach the one-year milestone and they celebrated their “f***iversary” on September 2, 2019.
Chris Nelson found out that prior to their intimate relationship, Bridgers and Bannon had already engaged in a sexual relationship. He claims that the pair had been in a similar affair with the singer’s ex-boyfriend, Conor Oberst. Nelson also noted that Emily Bannon was dating Bridgers’ guitarist Harrison Whitford at the time. However, Whitford was unaware of the three-way relationship occurring.
By the fall of 2019, the producer decided to split from Bannon, but Phoebe Bridgers and Emily Bannon continued to see each other. While the separation seemed to be the end of the story, things took a turn in October 2020 when Bridgers posted “false and misleading statements” about Nelson on her Instagram, reading “I witnessed and can personally very much of the abuse (grooming, stealing, violence) perpetuated by Nelson, owner of a studio called Sound Space.” The artist directed her followers to Bannon’s account, where she added fuel to the fire talking about Nelson beating a “young Latinx” man and “bludgeoning at least one other man with a baseball bat.” The now-defunct account also accused Nelson of hacking into other women’s accounts, sharing the messages to Bridgers’s account.
With materials that have damaged his reputation and career, Chris Nelson is going after the indie rock singer for defamation and false allegations. With a $3.8 million defamation suit against her, the 27-year-old Los Angeles native is yet to address the issue.