Tessa Neumann — the 26-year-old stepdaughter of BoDeans’ front-man Kurt Neumann — says that a co-founder of the band BoDeans, a popular band hailing from Milwaukee, repeatedly molested her at a young age, and had inappropriate conversations that were sexual in nature when she was still a child, according to USA Today.
The BoDeans are one of the most successful and popular bands to have come from the Milwaukee area, with hit songs such as “Closer to Free” and “Good Things.”
However, after a recent interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Tessa Neumann’s accusation against former band member Sam Llanas is shedding a disturbing light on the bands’ dark history.
Here’s what you need to know about Tessa Neumann:
1. Neumann Accused Llanas of Forcing Her to Perform Oral Sex on Him When She Was a Young Teenager
Tessa Neumann — the 26-year-old stepdaughter of BoDeans frontman Kurt Neumann — says band co-founder and former member Sam Llanas repeatedly molested her and had sexual conversations with her when she was a child. My story for @journalsentinel. https://t.co/pvDOZq3SQ1
— Piet Levy (@pietlevy) June 11, 2018
Neumann told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Llanas first made sexual contact with her when she was 9-years-old, and that he “forced her to perform hand and oral sex on him when she was 13 or 14.”
“Someone came into my life and took my childhood and my innocence, and it really messes with your head,” Tessa Neumann told the Journal Sentinel.
Llanas denies the allegations and has not been charged with a crime. Neumann has not filed a complaint with police or pursued a civil lawsuit, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Neumann claims that the inappropriate contact occurred from 2001 until 2006 or 2007.
2. Kurt Neumann Claims that Llanas Attempted to Destroy BoDean’s After Leaving the Band
Neumann publicly detailed her accusations against Llanas over a series of interviews with the Journal Sentinel. Her step-father Kurt and mother Barbra were present for the interviews.
On February 20, Kurt Neumann accused Llanas of molesting his stepdaughter on the BoDeans’ Facebook page, although he did not name Tessa outright in the post.
In the emotional Facebook post, Kurt Neumann thanked BoDeans fans for their unwavering support, but called Llanas out, claiming Llanas has done nothing but try to sabotage the band since he left BoDeans in 2011.
“From the time he quit the band in 2011 and left us out on the road to carry on, he’s been trying to kill BoDeans for his own benefit,” Neumann stated in his Facebook post. He went on to state that Llanas blamed the band for his “circumstances,” after Llanas allegedly went “running to newspapers or radio,” to complain about BoDeans.
He then reposted Tessa’s accusations, with an emotional tribute stating that he will be forever sorry for bringing Llanas into his daughter’s life.
3. Tessa Neumann Accused Llanas of Calling Her a Child but still Treating Her Like an Adult Sexually & Wrote a Song About the Abuse
Tessa Neumann’s words about Llanas were re-posted in the same …read more