Woodstock 99, Sexual Assault: Five R*pes and Numerous Instances of Sexual Assault Cases Were Reported; Further Evidence, Including Video and Posts From Reddit Users, Supports These Allegations!
Atrocious sexual assault cases emerged from Woodstock 99. Three deaths, five r*pes, and countless reports of sexual assault and violence, according to a Billboard magazine article from August 21, 1999, were reported to the police shortly after.
Some Reddit users have even shared their experiences of the event. Numerous eyewitness accounts and footage also lend credence to reports of sexual assaults during the 1999 Woodstock festival.
Later, a 20-year-old Virginian woman sued Woodstock’s event organizer, Michael Lang, for personal injury in 2000. She alleged that three males at the campsite sexually abused and r*ped her. Lang claims that the event’s planners made every effort to protect public safety.
Numerous eyewitness accounts also lend credence to reports of sexual assaults during the 1999 Woodstock festival. The American Red Cross’s emergency services director in Rome, Sandy Lattimore, claims to have cared for numerous Woodstock sexual assault victims.
Three individuals ultimately perished the same number as in the original; dozens were taken into custody, and more than a thousand people needed medical assistance. Through the views of visitors, staff, and performers, a new three-part Netflix docuseries titled Trainwreck: Woodstock ’99 which premiered on August 3 aims to explain how everything went so wrong.
The Washington Post also quoted David Schneider as a Maryland-based rehabilitation counselor who had volunteered at the Woodstock event. He described witnessing crowd surfing ladies being dragged into mosh pits, stripped of their clothing, and abused. One of the Reddit users even shared her experience of the event. She went on to write,
After witnessing a female friend of his being sexually abused in a pit by some weirdos on the final day, he ended up getting into a fight himself. He and his buddies lost no time in joining in and beating the crap out of those dudes. Right before RHCP ended and the large bonfire began, they were expelled.
Most people think of the serenity and love that characterized the original 1969 festival when they hear the word Woodstock. But regrettably, Woodstock 99, the festival’s third and final outing, which took place during an infamous July weekend at a former air force base in Rome, New York, failed to live up to expectations.
A spokeswoman for the New York State Police confirmed that investigators were looking into claims of four r*pes during the festival, which took place over the weekend near Rome, New York. Crisis intervention specialists claimed to have seen numerous additional sexual assaults, many of which occurred in the mosh pit, the densely packed area in front of the stage where concertgoers purposefully bump into one another while dancing to the music.
Thanks to flower power, free love, and an unmatched lineup, even those who were born years after the cherished festival continue to remember those four days on a farm near Bethel, New York. Nearly 400,000 people attended a historically significant counterculture event to watch bands like The Who, Jefferson Airplane, and dozens more play into the night.