Brand New Cancel UK Tour After Sexual Harassment Allegations
13 November 2017, 13:36
Frontman Jesse Lacey was accused of sexual misconduct with a minor in a recent Facebook post.
Emo band Brand New have cancelled all their remaining tour dates after sexual harassment allegations broke against the frontman Jesse Lacey.
In a Facebook post published this weekend, Lacey was accused of soliciting naked pictures from a 15 year old girl and asking her to watch him masturbate over Skype in 2002. The woman wrote that Lacey had "manipulated the hell out of me, demanded specific poses/settings/clothing, demeaned me, and made it clear that my sexuality was the only thing I had to offer". Several other women later posted similar accusations on social media.
Lacey subsequently released his own statement on Sunday (November 12th) addressing the situation via the band's Facebook page, stating that "Early on in my life, I developed a dependent and addictive relationship with sex ... I am sorry for ignoring the way in which my position, status and power as a member of a band affected the way people viewed me or their approach to their interactions with me."
Support band Martha and touring guitarist Kevin Divine had already pulled out of the tour following the allegations.
Ticket refunds for the three remaining shows in London, Glasgow and Dublin are available at the point of purchase.