Ron Reyes has stated in court that his former Black Flag bandmate Greg Ginn abuses his children, backing up similar claims made by Ginn’s estranged wife.
In October Marina Ginn alleged that the welfare of her daughters is being “jeopardised” by her former husband and that the family “live in constant fear” of him. She said that her daughters Isadora and Karis are “routinely denied food” and have been threatened with physical abuse.
Now, in an affidavit obtained by Consequence Of Sound, Reyes has backed up these claims and said that Ginn takes drugs in front of his children, leaves them unsupervised and denies them food.
Reyes says that Ginn’s children were not made to go to school and that they were “left to their own devices” the majority of the time. It is also alleged that Ginn’s home and studio is filthy and home to a number of uncared for cats. In one section of the legal document he states that, “the environment seemed totally inappropriate to me, and the way he completely neglected his daughters was very disturbing.”
Reyes, who quit Black Flag in November 2013 after he claims he clashed with Ginn over the latter’s drug use, confirmed the affidavit’s existence and explained why he made the claims.
“When you hear things that trouble your heart, especially the heart of a parent… well let’s just say that it is hard to stay silent and wash your hands and somehow walk away hoping to remain safe and unaffected,” he told Brooklyn Vegan. “I am very troubled by what I have heard over the last couple of months. And all I can hope for is that somehow things will work out in favour of two very precious children so they can live a life that is safe and full of love, support and guidance they deserve.”
Greg Ginn formed Black Flag in 1976 and has remained a permanent member of the group ever since. Earlier this year he settled a long-running lawsuit between two separate reunion groups.