**Trigger Warning: This article is about rape and sexual assault**
Viewers have been disturbed by accounts and accusations of rape and sexual assault in a new Netflix docuseries. Check out the trailer below:
Train Wreck: Woodstock ’99 recounts the infamous musical event that took place 30 years after the pivotal 1969 festival.
While the original Woodstock was a key moment in the anti-war hippie counterculture, the 1999 revival quickly turned into a fiery, violent disaster.
There were four reported cases of rape and many reported cases of sexual assault that are mentioned in the three-part documentary series.
A woman named Heather, who was 14 when she attended the festival, said she was groped as she navigated through the crowd.
“There were people who were legit trying to carry you like they were supposed to be, but there are also a lot of guys, like grabbing your tit and squeezing your ass as they pass you by and, you know, I was young, I was 14, like I never had that kind of hand in those places,” he said.
In another shocking interview, stage manager AJ Srybnik said he found a naked girl who was unconscious and next to her was a boy putting on his pants.
“I was stunned,” he reflected on the shocking moment. “It literally took my life.”
One viewer shared: “If you plan on watching that Netflix doc on Woodstock ’99, be aware that there are images that could be potentially triggering for survivors of sexual assault.”
Reacting to the organizers’ response to the sexual assault reports, one viewer wrote: “The attitude towards the multitude of sexual assault allegations at #Woodstock99 by the men in charge is absolutely disgusting.”
While another called the documentary ‘fantastic’, they said the accounts of sexual assault left them feeling ‘angry’.
They tweeted: “I watched the @netflix documentary on #Woodstock99 and my God the number of victims blaming and turning a blind eye to abuse and assault on women made me so angry.
“Fantastic documentary about a festival that could have been amazing, but greed ruined it, like most things.”
That #woodstock99 on Netflix it was wild. Those guys just wanted to make money, and for them to say they didn’t know the women were assaulted… and for anyone to say “well, the women were topless” still doesn’t give those men the right to assault anyone.
— | TALK | (@ohaitharashleyy) August 7, 2022
This documentary left me speechless. People’s lives were ruined by the sexual assault and physical abuse that occurred at that festival. I don’t even want to mention substance abuse in that mess. #Woodstock99
— OVO_Aphrodite (@Kayleetarian) August 7, 2022
I saw the @Netflix documentary about #Woodstock99 And my God, the number of victims who blame and turn a blind eye to abuse and assault on women made me so angry.
Fantastic documentary about a festival that could have been so amazing, but greed ruined it, like most things.
— Selina Kaur P. (@SelinaKaurP) August 3, 2022
The attitude towards the multitude of accusations of sexual assault in #Woodstock99 of the men in charge is nothing short of disgusting.
— Jess Acreman (@jessacres) August 5, 2022
If you plan to watch that Netflix doc on Woodstock 99, be aware that there are images that could be potentially triggering for survivors of sexual assault.
— läck-øf-tįts mcgėė ?️⚧️?️????????? (@kaydeebraindead) August 5, 2022
A fourth person said they were “stunned” in response to the documentary. “This documentary blew my mind. People’s lives were ruined by the sexual assault and physical abuse that occurred at that festival,” they wrote.
“I don’t even want to mention substance abuse in that #Woodstock99 mess.”
Echoing the anger of other viewers for blaming victims on women taking their tops off during the festival, one Twitter user shared: “That #woodstock99 on Netflix was crazy. Those guys just wanted to make money, and for them to say they didn’t know the women were assaulted… and to anyone who says “well, the women were topless” still doesn’t give those men the right to assault anyone.” .
Promoter John Sher also drew criticism for comments made in the documentary about the four reported rapes at the festival.
“Woodstock was like a small town, you know?” she says in the last episode of the docuseries.
“All things considered, I’d say there would probably be as many or more rapes in any city that size… but it wasn’t anything that gained enough traction to cause any problems on the site, apart from, of course, the women being raped.” I pass”.
An outraged viewer called Sher’s comments ‘baffling’ in a tweet: “I think the inability of Michael Lang and John Scher to take responsibility for the conditions during Woodstock ’99 is a great example of how generation hippies post-war they sold their ‘peace and love’ to uninhibited capitalism.
“They really believe they didn’t do anything wrong, it’s baffling.”
Trainwreck: Woodstock ’99 is available to stream on Netflix now.