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M. Ketchum

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After serving just 14 months of a 5 year sentence Bennett is due to be released (if he hasn't been already).
As an Oklahoman, I find this very embarrassing and shameful considering the horror of his crime.

http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/courts/rapist-sentenced-to-five-years-in-sex-assault-at-tulsa/article_fb23ce1e-649c-5345-aa43-3266bcdaab25.html
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Heard this last week as well.  It was a horrible thing.  Hoping the best for Scott and the Mrs. that they can get things turned back around. 
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I read the story. Reminder: Never read the comments.

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Thanks for the info anyway, I've told this news to all the Smiley Smile/PSF folks.
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I suppose we are really unable to make a fair assessment having not heard the full evidence or seen the CCTV footage. I must admit to losing sympathy for the victim when I learned she had sued the casino for selling her too much alcohol. If women want equality then they must take responsibility for their actions.  We are not children to be chaperoned by a person who takes charge of us. 

14 months behind bars, the loss of his career and being on an offenders register are hardly insignificant punishments. I wish Scott and his wife well and hope that they can get through this. Whatever Scott did wrong, his wife did not deserve this.
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I suppose we are really unable to make a fair assessment having not heard the full evidence or seen the CCTV footage. I must admit to losing sympathy for the victim when I learned she had sued the casino for selling her too much alcohol. If women want equality then they must take responsibility for their actions.  We are not children to be chaperoned by a person who takes charge of us. 

14 months behind bars, the loss of his career and being on an offenders register are hardly insignificant punishments. I wish Scott and his wife well and hope that they can get through this. Whatever Scott did wrong, his wife did not deserve this.


After reading the complete, detailed transcript of the event during the trial, it is clear that - in different ways - they were both victims. They have both paid a price, each in their own way, for what occurred. While I'm doubtful we'll ever see Scott back in the BW band, I hope we will hear from him again as he has much to offer. I hope that people without full knowledge of the facts, will refrain from whipping up furor over his release.
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Lisa G/TS

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Good points again, Ang. If it's true she sued the casino for serving her too much alcohol, sounds like she might be either a recovering alcoholic or in denial of a drinking issue. Places like casinos are great places to stay away from if that was the case, particularly if she went alone (haven't read thru any details). 

That's sad to think maybe both had some serious issues that led to this mess. Not a proud topic for either of their families, so I'll just wish them well finding counselling.
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The CCTV footage was online for a while. 

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I'm not going to argue the case here but I'm a little shocked to see people blaming the victim for suing the casino. Establishments that sell alcohol do have a responsibility to not over do it and let's face it, it is often ignored. This is something that was probably encouraged by her attorney and you can't determine her credibiiity based on that.
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I hope everyone involved can recover and move on with their lives in a positive and meaningful way.  There is no one involved who doesn't share some semblance of the blame.  NO one.

What? 

If one prefers to stay dry...one doesn't don a bathing suit.  AND one doesn't sit in a rubber dingy just this side of the breakwater on an on-shore windy day.  Surely stupidity has to entertain some of the responsibility...on all sides.

Now?  Life goes on.  I hope that NO ONE'S life has been ruined.
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Al Forsyth

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Lee, impacted, to be sure, but hopefully not ruined.  But truly, this stays forever with everyone involved:

http://ktul.com/news/local/family-of-rape-victim-ask-courts-to-prevent-private-security-video-from-public-eyes
http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2016/07/07/rape-victim-makes-emotional-plea-to-not-have-video-of-her-attack-made-public/

That Darian and Scott duo on the left side of stage (to the audience) was always a powerful and talented presence.  Then there was the musical composition work that was sooooo good and then this happened. EVERYONE has been impacted.  Bad decisions were made.  No one wins in this case, but everyone has to move forward somehow.  



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Lee, impacted, to be sure, but hopefully not ruined.  But truly, this stays forever with everyone involved:

http://ktul.com/news/local/family-of-rape-victim-ask-courts-to-prevent-private-security-video-from-public-eyes
http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2016/07/07/rape-victim-makes-emotional-plea-to-not-have-video-of-her-attack-made-public/

That Darian and Scott duo on the left side of stage (to the audience) was always a powerful and talented presence.  Then there was the musical composition work that was sooooo good and then this happened. EVERYONE has been impacted.  Bad decisions were made.  No one wins in this case, but everyone has to move forward somehow.  


Yep - There are two choices...move on, or let it interfere with what's left of your life.  I realize that's a simplistic view - but it's really what it comes down to.

Also - I would like to mention my admiration for Brian and those helping him with his live shows.  This became public right near the start of the 'Pet Sounds 50' tour, and Brian/Melinda, et al did the right thing in keeping Scott on the team throughout 2015 until a jury reached their verdict.  They quickly (and professionally) cut ties once that decision came down, and had lined up very professional replacements in Gary G., Billy H., and Debbie S.  And all this while Darian was busy with Disney...then The Zombies. 

I know Scott brought energy to the shows (and lyrical skills for Brian); however, he is forever done with the Brian Wilson Band - and I am quite pleased with the current 'left-side' team of Darian and Gary.   


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I just wish this silly trend in recent years of so-called adults refusing to take ANY responsibility for their poor choices would end. 

Sports stadiums and arenas may be considered establishments that sell alcohol...at numerous kiosks throughout, so until someone's visibly "plastered", who knows who's over the limit? 

It's on par with me suing a restaurant if I had a heart attack after eating greasy food because they should have known to serve me a salad instead? [wink]
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Well said, Doug.  The choice is to move on but you'll always remember something of this. 

A huge mistake was made by a talented musician.  Good reporting on how he stayed with the band until he couldn't.  The "left side" is always getting it done.

And Lisa, NO responsibility these days - or it could be "fake news".  In this case the video caught everything.  Casinos are Big Brother after all.  They have to be. 

Most bartenders and sports stadiums will shut you down - but you could be over the limit already - responsibility - try it!

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I'm reading some of this in disbelief. This is 2017. And correct me if I'm wrong but I'm reading comments blaming the victim. What's next? Her dress was too short? I understand that within the band and among former band members he has support from some of those who know him. As someone who does not I can't judge them. But come on, this was not an aquital. Her allegations were tried in court and there was video- something that is almost never available in these cases. Saying that the victim of a rape is somehow partly responsible for drinking too much??

On another note when this story broke, one of the NY tabloids mistakenly listed Brian as the one who was convicted on their website. I was traveling by train at that moment and I called them for hours until they corrected it on their site. This was something that was just not fair for Brian to have to have happen at all.
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