Hardly a day has passed recently without cancelled Aussie comedian Alex “Shooter” Williamson being mentioned in the news.
The recent spate of coverage stems from some very serious abuse allegations that have been brought to light, but even prior to this, Williamson was still attracting attention for all the wrong reasons.
Here’s a timeline of some of the more prominent incidents and allegations involving Alex Williamson.
March 2020– Goulburn show brawl
A video from a year ago shows Williamson taking swings at an audience member who was supposedly heckling him.
The crowd appeared to love the spectacle, and even chanted “Shooter, Shooter, Shooter” (his username and nickname) while as security intervened.
Williamson later admitted that the audience member he confronted wasn’t even the person who had heckled that night.
October 2020 – Adelaide show brawl
Late last year, Williamson turned on hecklers at an Adelaide show by verbally abusing them on stage and getting into a physical altercation.
The whole thing descended into chaos, with audience members pelting glasses at Williamson while he himself appeared to kick a front-row guest while he was still onstage.
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On the same day that this footage spread all over social media (and a few days after the incident actually took place) Williamson took to Instagram to talk about mental health issues, which he blamed for the onstage brawl.
“Lots of things at play below the surface over the last two weeks as I underwent an episode,” he wrote on October 19.
“Things you could only speculate on, without a proper understanding. I’m seeing a doctor tomorrow to give them a proper understanding.”
April 27, 2021 – Abuse allegations
The latest controversy for Williamson to be embroiled in is also the most serious.
In late April, Aussie singer and Williamson’s ex-partner, Peach PRC, made a series of Twitter posts in which she accused him of being “abusive, manipulative, and predatory” and said he had done “absolutely vile things to not only myself but others who I won’t mention.”
The two dated when she was 19 and he was 29.
— Peach PRC (@peachprc) April 27, 2021
Williamson responded by going on a cooked Instagram rant in which denied the allegations and put the blame on Peach herself.
“Peach, do you know what’s ‘predatory behaviour’?” he wrote.
“When we were having a fuckin’ threesome with your fuckin’ weird mate from the fuckin’ bar and I was having a fuckin’ diarrhea shit on the toilet and you were trying to kick the fuckin’ door in to fuckin’ sit on my dick.”
He also claimed Peach made the post because she’s jealous of his TikTok fame. Peach PRC has 1.2 million followers, whereas Williamson has roughly 982,000.
April 29, 2021 – Williamson is dropped by his management
In the wake of the abuse allegations, Williamson’s management team at More Talent terminated its working relationship with him.
“We do not and cannot be seen to condone behaviour such as is alleged, nor the tone or content of his responses,” the agency’s director Andrew Taylor said in an internal email leaked to PEDESTRIAN.TV.
April 30, 2021 – Williamson is dropped from comedy festivals
Days after the abuse allegations came to light, Williamson was dropped from his upcoming gigs at the Sydney Comedy Festival and the Perth Comedy Festival, both in May.
“In light of recent events, the Sydney/Perth Comedy Festival has withdrawn Alex Williamson’s show from its program,” the organisers said in a joint statement.
“Ticketholders for the performances will be refunded back to their original point of purchase.”
May 3, 2021 – Williamson responds to the fresh outrage
It was only a matter of time for Williamson to hit back once again and deny the allegations made against him.
“For those curious, I’m doing fukn great,” he wrote in an Instagram story.
“I’ll decide when I’m ready to be cancelled, and although these vague accusations seem to have many of you keen/qualified jurors convinced, due process will soon see a great number of you regret the vile comments and hate directed my way.”
That being said, he also used the opportunity to apologise for the disgusting language he used against Peach PRC in his previous response.
However he only apologised because it was insulting to survivors of sexual assault. In the same statement he doubled down in his attacks on Peach PRC, accusing her of strategically making the allegations at the time when she did.
We’ll keep you updated if any more news emerges out of this dumpster fire in the coming weeks.