On 5th May 2022 Essex Police reported that Paul Gellen, better know to drum and bass fans as DJ Sly, had been charged with 2 counts of rape.
DJ Sly who rose to prominence as the DJ for the Shadow Demon Coalition denied the charges but was found guilty on Thursday 5 May during a trial at Chelmsford Crown Court.
Statement From Essex Police
Essex Police released the news of the conviction on their website stating:
Investigating officer Detective Constable Liv Howells, from the Adult Sexual Assault Investigation Team, said:
“Paul Gellen is a sexual predator who saw the victim’s vulnerabilities as an opportunity.“
“On both occasions she was not in a position to give consent and Gellen took advantage of this for his own sexual gratification.“
“The absence of someone saying ‘no’ is not the same as them saying yes.“
“I cannot stress enough the importance consent in any situation where sex or sexual activity may take place. If either party says ‘no’ or is not in a position to say ‘yes’, then stop.”
Yesterday (Thurs 13th Oct), at Chelmsford Crown Court, Gellen was jailed for 15 years, and received a further six on licence.
Reactions From The D&B Scene
News of the convictions against Gellen have sparked reaction from members of the D&B scene.
Serum branded the news as “Absolutely disgusting behaviour that has no place in the scene”
Just found out DJ Sly was found guilty of rape. Absolutely disgusting behaviour that has no place in the scene.— Serum – GAF ON THE WOB (@SerumDnb) May 9, 2022
Charlie Tee, who will be taking over the Drum & Bass Show on Radio 1, responded to Serums comments saying that “We need more artists in positions of power to follow suit/call out this behaviour”.
We have some serious work to do… Thank u for speaking out on a subject don’t feel it’s their issue to deal with. We need more artists in positions of power to follow suit/call out this behaviour. This is OUR scene and we need to work together to make it safer 🙏🏼💚 https://t.co/iffxnxVJzf— Charlie Tee (@CharlieTeeDJ) May 10, 2022
DJ Kane responded to a Tweet by Jack Workforce to say “Yes… I’m guilty of looking for the outrage from my peers while also not saying anything myself”
Yes… I’m guilty of looking for the outrage from my peers while also not saying anything myself.— DJ Kane (@djkanednb) May 9, 2022
With my whole chest, DJ Sly aka Paul Gellen you NASTY RAPIST! I hope you get all that’s coming to you once you get locked up on the wing now you’ve been convicted. Man dem SPEAK UP. https://t.co/71BVBIQ1CB
Since hearing of the conviction Dr Meaker has taken steps to have a remix that Sly did removed…
Since hearing about the conviction of dj sly I have written to request and have had it confirmed that his dnb remix from 2012 will be removed from the record labels’ back catalogue.— DR MEAKER (Artist & Live Act) (@DrMeaker) May 10, 2022
Finally Murdock from Rampage in Belgium made it clear that these types of people would never be given a platform at his events…
I just found out DJ Sly has been convicted of rape. I didn’t know he was charged. I’m happy a predator’s been taken off the streets. He’s never played at Rampage and I hope we never have and never will provide room for predators on any of our stages. We often don’t know…— MURDOCK – STRONGER Out now (@MURDOCK_radar) May 10, 2022
Gellen is due to be sentenced at the Chelmsford Crown Court on 8th June 2022.
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