According to reports made by The Sun, American-musician Beyoncé is fortifying a working environment that makes sure there are no prior accusations of assault by any of its members—running, what the publication called, “#MeToo checks” on all staff working on her latest album as well as those in her own personal team.
The singer, who is set to release her latest record Renaissance on 29 July 2022, has reportedly vetted all producers who worked on the project and even rejected songs by artists with allegations against them. Beyoncé’s decision reportedly comes after the shock accusations made against long-time collaborator, Detail.
The producer—whose real name is Noel Fisher—is best known for his work on Beyoncé’s 2013 ‘Drunk in Love’. In 2020, however, the musician was arrested and charged on 15 counts of sexual assault and five counts of felony assault (between the years of 2010 to 2018). These charges largely came from the testimony of six women. Even high profile musicians, including Jessie Reyez, Tinashe and Bebe Rexha spoke out against Detail’s inappropriate behaviour towards them.
An inside source informed The Sun on the ‘Break My Soul’ singer’s reaction to the allegations by stating, “Beyonce was devastated when she found out Detail, one of her collaborators, was accused of rape and sexual assault. She stopped working with him and her team now run #MeToo checks on any potential collaborators.”
“Two songs from high-profile artists have been rejected because of allegations they are facing,” the source continued, adding, “Although neither has been found guilty, she’s sending a clear message to the industry in the wake of troubling cases from people like R Kelly and Harvey Weinstein.” According to The Sun’s source, Beyoncé’s actions have reportedly caused backlash behind the scenes.
“She’s rubbed some people up the wrong way but she doesn’t care. She won’t go anywhere near you if you’ve been accused of going after one of her peers. Beyonce is a leader in her business and wants to set an example that any abuse shouldn’t be normalised,” they went on to say.
“This is why her new record is about empowering women.”