Earlier this weekend, we were made aware of an Instagram account alleging inappropriate behavior by At The Gates guitarist Jonas Stålhammar. The creator claims Stålhammar coerced her into an online relationship, sent her sexual photos and lied to her about his own relationship status. Now it looks like Stålhammar was fired from At The Gates, with no explanation.
The Instagram account, titled @stalis_after_dark, contains screenshots of text conversations that allegedly took place between the anonymous founder and Stålhammar, in which the guitarist sends sexual photos and brags about his sexual exploits. The last post on the page is a full statement about the relationship, saying:
“Jonas Stålhammar, guitarist for Swedish Melodic Death Metal band, At The Gates, coerced me, a fan, into an online sexual relationship with him that lasted almost a year. At the time, I didn’t even realize that he was coercing me and taking advantage of me. He and At the Gates were my metal heroes. I didn’t want to believe he was doing this to me. I believe I developed Stockholm Syndrome while dealing with this man. Over time, I began to develop positive, romantic feelings for him while continually constraining myself and pushing my limits. This is in addition to the fact that he may be lying to me about his marital status. It took me almost a year to realize what he was doing to me and I finally decided to remove myself from the situation. I don’t want anyone else to go through what I went through. »
On Saturday, At The Gates released the following statement via their social media channels:
“At The Gates has chosen to part ways with guitarist Jonas Stålhammar. We are currently working on finding a replacement for upcoming shows.
At The Gates and Stålhammar have yet to comment on the Instagram account.
More on this story as it unfolds.