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Bloodshot Records has released a statement regarding artist Lydia Loveless’ sexual harassment allegations against co-owner’s domestic partner.

Loveless, who is signed to Bloodshot, posted on Instagram last weekend her allegations. They are against Mark Panick, the domesitic partner of label co-owner Nan Warshaw.

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Loveless said Panick has “long been a source of strife” for her due to his inappropriate actions.

“For years he would greet me with a rub to the ass and a close whisper in the ear,” Loveless wrote on Instagram.

“In one instance, he approached me at the Bloodshot 20th Anniversary party and, while resting his hands between my buttcheeks, told me that he loved my messy hairdo because it reminded him of the way girls’ hair in high school would look after they blew him.”

She added that she was afraid of telling anyone because she saw Panick as part of her label.

“I don’t think Bloodshot has maliciously encouraged this behavior but instead quieted it to protect their brand,” she continued. “It has indeed been covered up in my eyes, as the Behavior only ceased when I was informed they wanted to begin signing more women.”

Warshaw has also put out a statement about the allegations. She said she was stepping away from Bloodshot due to the incident.

“No one, and especially no one within the Bloodshot community, should ever have to tolerate sexual harassment; feeling safe and comfortable should be your right,” she wrote. “I never, ever, would want to put anyone (in) physical or emotional danger or in a situation that makes them feel unsafe or uncomfortable.”

Bloodshot’s other co-owner Rob Miller has also released a statement, saying the story is true even though he “disagrees with certain characterizations in the content of (Loveless’) recent social media posts.”

Miller wrote that he cannot fire Panick because he’s never been an employee.

“The shame, humiliation and rage I feel over this is, I fully understand, a fraction of what she feels. To know that I did not see her discomfort as it was happening is something that I will forever regret,” Miller states. “I have also learned a great deal about the larger problem and how I fit into it in the process.”

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