Jul 2, 2022 | Ibiza Blog | 0 comments

Guy Gerber Refutes Rape Allegations

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Written by Dan Kirwan

On June 18, last, Guy Gerber’s world was rocked by allegations of rape using Rohypnol by a Greek national resident in Ibiza named Mavi de Mars. She claims that the Israeli-born DJ drugged her in Greece in 2013 at a private Villa party, an incident that changed her life and sent her in a downward spiral of depression, agony and deep self-examination.  Gerber has refuted the allegations claiming the sex was consensual. At the time, Gerber was aware of the claims and soon after launched a party entitled Rumours which he claimed was established to “create rumours”, a strange choice of name considering the allegations made against him the previous season in Greece.

The industry would have been aware of the rape rumours but chose to remain silent, with Forbes Magazine promoting Rumours as a “worldwide sensation”. In the wake of the Gerber rape allegations, the silence from the clubbing industry media publications has been deafening. Once again, they have chosen to look away and follow a nothing-to-see-here policy burying their heads in the sands of comfortability. Some would argue their action in not acknowledging the issue suggests they are part of the problem.

Rape is silent physiological torture. It creates emotional trauma and paranoia within its victims, forcing them into solitude and social exile. It is common for rape victims to bury their memory for many years as their self-esteem plummets and the fear of mingling rises. Only those who have gone through the ordeal will genuinely understand its symptoms, so to diminish its impact and pretend it’s not serious creates an environment of ambivalence. It takes a strong and brave person to stand up and declare they were raped in today’s society, as the burden of proof is always on the victim. It’s a harrowing journey for the victims who have to endure the media glare and the cross-examination of their personal life, exposing wounds that have left permanent scars on the soul, body and mind. Some are better at hiding it, but it’s always there, lurking in the consciousness of its host.

I don’t know Mavi De Mars, I have never met the woman, but an examination of her Facebook page will reveal that she was a happy and open person until the night she claims Gerber raped her. She was a regular on the party circuit in London and enjoyed the clubbing scene and trips to Ibiza like many women of her generation. Her social media posts reflected a normal life, but that mood music changed notably after July 21 2013, the night of the fateful villa party in Greece. For over a week after the villa party, there were no posts on her Facebook page until she posted that she was off to Ibiza on July 28. What were once normal posts soon became more spiritual and introspective. There was never any mention of the alleged rape, but there were shares of stories that supported victims of rape.

Her posts gradually became darker, deeper and more extreme, especially against men. In one post, she called for the execution of Donald Trump. In another, she revealed she was the victim of sexual assault from the age of seven. In 2020 she moved to Ibiza and joined the spiritual community on Tanit’s island, empowering female energy and practising Ecstatic Dance and Astrology. She claims the island and the support it lent helped her heal and face the demons that haunted her. She was introduced to the herbal medicine Ayahuasca in 2015 in Guatemala, which helps people deal with traumatic events in their life and reveal their true inner selves. The journey led her to make the brave decision to go public with her claims of rape against Gerber on June 21. Her timeline would suggest she was doing it for her health more than anything else. Those suffering from traumatic experiences in childhood or adult life have to lay bare their problems just like a person at an AA meeting loudly proclaims, “Im an Alcoholic” in front of everybody. Then the healing process can begin.

We need to safeguard the industry and make it a better place to party”

I could interpret the above scenario from the research of a person’s Facebook posts, which record their lives for a particular generation. Investigative journalism is a dying trade in today’s society as mainstream media outlets become slaves to advertisers who pay their wages and mortgages. I can understand why journalists and employees sell out on integrity as it doesn’t pay the bills, and there’s much more to be gained from being inside the tent than outside it. Whistleblowers are shunned and isolated. I have experienced it myself, but thankfully I have never sold out on my blog or allowed commercialism to invade it, and while my opinion may be wrong at times, at least it’s mine and not some paymaster’s spin.

Journalist integrity is not easy to find, but Mari de Mars seems to have enlisted the services of one in the shape of Annabell Ross, She has published sexual allegation claims on other industry DJs, such as Erick Morillo and Derick May, which were published on her website. Ross claims the industry is rife with toxic male solidarity and the sexual harassment claims that float to the surface is just the tip of the iceberg. The blog understands that further claims from other women against Gerber may be revealed in a forthcoming article from the award-winning journalist.

Both Annabell Ross and Mavi de Mars are at the forefront of a campaign to change attitudes in the clubbing industry and make Ibiza “safer for women and to take a stand against abuse”. That campaign received a significant vote of support when the music management company that promotes Gerbers Rumours and Mirror Games residencies in Ibiza suspended both parties until there is a “firm resolution” of the rape allegation “compatible with the right to the presumption of innocence of every citizen”. It also stated, “The values of the company Island Hospitality are based on integrity and honesty, with an ethical and social commitment to respect and equality to protect all its employees, partners and customers. Island Hospitality has a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual harassment, racism and violence”.

It’s a refreshingly welcome attitude to promote, and hopefully, more clubs in Ibiza will follow suit and support them without prejudice. In today’s society, one would have to question the morals of the clubs that do not, as it’s easy to say one thing and do another. The Guy Gerber affair makes for uncomfortable viewing for industry media editors. As a father of a teenage daughter, would I feel safe letting her mingle freely with some of the environments involved in the industry? No, I wouldn’t. Many people I know who work in the clubbing industry also have daughters, and they need to ask themselves the same question as it’s incumbent on us as parents and guardians to protect our children and keep them safe. We all know those that lurk in the dark shadows of clubs, like creeping hyenas waiting for wounded or disorientated prey to wander away from the herd.

We also want to safeguard the industry and make it a better place to party, but the sexual predators need to be outed or parameters introduced to restrict them. Are we to keep silent and let our children become victims of their perversions and ruin their lives? We as an industry need to do more, the majority of DJs are good people, there for the love of the music, but some have to be brave, stand up and break ranks, and without naming names say yes, maybe its a problem, and we need to take action to deal with it. Because when the sexual predators feel they are protected, they will continue to prey on naive young people who wander into their lair. We only have to remember how clerical sex abuse was allowed to develop unchecked as the Catholic institution failed to acknowledge it was an issue and covered it up, moving priests from one parish to another where they would offend again.

Hopefully, this topic can be debated at the IMS Musical Conference next season. The blog will be lobbying to include it on the agenda and keeping readers posted on any developments. I have met Guy Gerber once, working alongside him in Ibiza. On this occasion, I will reserve my opinion, but from all accounts, he is well-liked and regarded on the island, with many supporting him and viewing Mari de Mars’s claims of rape as a work of fiction.  A person is innocent until proven guilty, and Gerber must be allowed that privilege, a core principle of democracy, the same liberal system that allowed Mavi de Mars to publish her allegations on social media. Only two people know what happened that night in Mykonos; unfortunately, the reality is blurred due to the consumption of drugs which have changed much in potency, design and effect from the loved-up ecstasy pills that helped deliver the birth of the culture in the ’90s.

Rohypnol is present in every town in the UK and Ireland, and the industry needs to stigmatise it just like it does Heroin. For my generation looking in, we realise many of the problems that afflict the industry are designer drug-related. We only have to remember the late great Avicci to underline its toxic and deadly effect on people’s lives. If one good thing is to come out of this whole unsavoury affair, it highlights the need for us to have, without prejudice, an open debate on preventing rather than enabling those problems.


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