Former Black Flag singer Ron Reyes has given a sworn statement corroborating child abuse claims against the band’s co-founder Greg Ginn. Wondering Sound was sent a copy of Reyes’s notarized affidavit in the case, and he confirmed its legitimacy to Brooklyn Vegan, which also received the document. In the legal filing, dated November 29, Reyes said Ginn seemed unable to care for his children.
Reyes said that during recording sessions at Ginn’s home in 2013, Ginn would drink wine and smoke marijuana while leaving his kids in the hallway without supervision or access to food. “His drug problem is too severe, and appears to have taken a toll on his mental health,” Reyes said of Ginn in the statement. “His children deserve far better parenting, care and guidance than he is capable of providing them.” Ginn often said his children were “free range,” according to Reyes.
The affidavit from Reyes supports allegations Ginn’s ex-wife Marina made in a separate filing dated October 10. Marina asked a Texas court to grant her emergency temporary custody of the couple’s two daughters, 10-year-old Karis and 7-year-old Isadora, citing her concerns about their health and welfare.
Reyes revealed a year ago that he had been kicked out of a reunited Black Flag. He told an interviewer in March that Ginn had threatened Reyes’s family. Also this year, Ginn settled a lawsuit with another Black Flag reunion, FLAG. Neither reunion involves former Black Flag frontman Henry Rollins.
Ginn has yet to respond publicly to his ex-wife’s claims.
You can take a look at Reyes’s full affidavit here.