Portland Musician Admits Sexual Assault on Facebook

A musician popular in the Portland music scene is admitting to sexually assaulting a woman on Facebook Saturday night.

Joel Magid starts off by saying that Facebook may not be the best place for him to confess, “but I am trying to inform as many people as possible”.

“I recently sexually assaulted someone.”

According to Portland Patch, Magid writes that he pulled out his penis and “forcibly lifted the woman’s skirt. “A friend intervened and stopped my behavior. I was blacked out drunk when this happened and don’t remember any of the situation. That doesn’t excuse what I did.”

Magid goes on to say, “Nothing excuses what I did. Sexual assault is horrific, disgusting, and inexcusable.”

Magid wrote that he’s not looking for sympathy but he wants to be”honest and accountable for my behavior.”



Magid is part of the Portland local music scene. The Portland Mercury called a song on one of his newer albums, “a grimy but catchy slice of basement-prom pop.”


In the comments to his post, several people commended Magid for coming forward and apologizing. But others, like Theo Craig, a host at local radio station XRAY.FM and the bass player for another local band, are less accepting of Magid’s apology.

“This is reprehensible and inexcusable,” wrote Craig. “You need to admit that this wasn’t the first time.”


According to Oregan Live, “The Sex Crimes Unit is aware of the post,” wrote Sgt. Pete Simpson of the Portland Police Bureau in an email regarding Magid. “At this point, no victim has come forward to file a report with police.”

“While we encourage victims to come forward to police,” he wrote, “we do offer several alternatives that may appeal to victims instead of reporting to police.”