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Black Flag co-founder Greg Ginn was recently accused of child abuse by his ex-wife, Marina Ginn. In October, Marina asked a Texas court for an Emergency Motion to Modify the Parent-Child Relationship over concerns that the health and welfare of her two daughters were “being jeopardized.” She alleged that Greg uses drugs in front of their children, “routinely denies [them] food,” and physically and verbally harasses them.
Consequence of Sound has now obtained an affidavit written by Ginn’s ex-Black Flag bandmate, Ron Reyes, on behalf of Marina. In it, Reyes makes many of the same charges against Ginn, claiming that he smokes marijuana in front of his daughters, frequently leaves them unsupervised while in the recording studio, and denies them food. He also alleges that Ginn’s residence, which also houses his recording studio, is filthy and is home to a number of cats who he’s fostering but does not actually take care of.
“Greg often said that his children were ‘free range’,” Reyes writes. “He would say that he never wanted his kids to do anything that he didn’t want to do, for example, he hated school when he was a kid, so he didn’t send his kids to school either. It also seemed like what he meant by ‘free range’ was that the kids were left to their own devices the majority of the time, ‘free’ [of] any adult guidance or supervision at all. The only time there was adult supervision was when people were hired by Greg to look after his kids. The environment seemed totally inappropriate to me, and the way he completely neglected his daughters was very disturbing.”
Reyes says when he confronted Ginn about his drug use, Ginn threatened not only him but also his family. “After the incident, our relationship continued to deteriorate to the point where we could no longer work together,” Reyes writes, adding that he eventually decided to quit the band while on tour in November 2013. It’s worth noting that Black Flag’s new singer, Mike Vallely, previously told Rolling Stone that Reyes was fired from the band for being “disgruntled” and “combative.”
When you hear things that trouble your heart, especially the heart of a parent… well lets just say that it is hard to stay silent and wash your hands and somehow walk away hoping to remain safe and unaffected. I am very troubled by what I have heard over the last couple 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. Whenever a woman speaks out about abuse people want to second guess her and cast shame and doubt over her claims. This infuriates me to no end as I have two daughters and a wife of 27 years that I love to death. It is just not right to immediately doubt and somehow pour shame onto a woman for speaking out based on gender. I have no love of lawyers and do not look forward to the backlash I will receive for lending a voice of support to those who have reached out to me. But called i have been and I just can’t ignore that. People please consider the source of all accusations carefully and pray for an outcome of peace and love and safety for children who cannot speak for themselves in court.
Meanwhile, in a recent email sent to Consequence of Sound, Marina shared more details of her relationship with Ginn, which ended in 2006. She wrote, “He left me destitute, battered and without child support. The situation was dire enough that I was homeless for a short while. In a desperate, failed attempt to protect my children and I from abuse and get myself out of a really bad situation, I resorted to adult entertainment. My ex-husband gained knowledge of it and has used that information to blackmail and exploit me further. I expect, given the kind of person I know he is (and everybody who has ever done business with him knows he is) that he will try to smear me with this information again, so I thought it best to just be up front about what I have been through trying to protect myself and my children from this man.”
Public court records in Long Beach, California confirm Greg pleaded no contest to domestic battery in 2006 and was sentenced to three years probation.
As of publication, Greg Ginn’s attorney has yet to respond to our request for comment regarding these latest round of allegations.