Blink 182's Travis Barker calls out Echosmith drummer who allegedly DM'd his 13-year-old daughter Alabama
1 August 2019, 12:58
Travis Barker speaks out after daughter shares "super creepy" screenshots allegedly sent from Echosmith drummer Graham Sierota.
Blink 182's Travis Barker has spoken out after his 13-year-old daughter alleged that a musician in the band Echosmith improperly contacted her over Instagram DM.
13-year-old Alabama Barker shared screenshots she says are from Echosmith drummer Graham Sierota, who is 20 years old.
"When I found out a 20-year-old man was trying to get in touch with my 13-year-old daughter by filling her Instagram messages with party invites and compliments I was disgusted," Travis Barker told The Blast.
The screenshots obtained by The Blast show messages sent to Alabama as far back as 2016, when she would have been 10 years old.
One 2016 message reads: "By the way I'm Graham from echosmith and I think ur beautiful."
Alabama shared the screenshots on Instagram stories with her nearly 300k followers, writing: "Hey guys! So once again I am bringing this to your attention because I am a 13 year old girl and he is 21/20 super creepy."
The screenshots show that, in July 2019 she was contacted again and invited to a barbecue. She responded to the invite, writing: "ur like 40".
Graham allegedly responded "I just wanted to say I really like your music and sorry for messaging and I'm 20".
Alabama responded to this by saying "Ok but do u understand I'm a child?"
"That’s predatory behaviour and there is nothing cool, normal or ok about it at all," Travis Barker told The Blast.
In a statement provided to Just Jared Jr. Graham apologised, calling the situation "a careless mistake".
“I had invited Alabama to my parents’ big family BBQ along with many other people, and it wasn’t until she responded that I realized her age at which point I apologized to her. I’m really sorry and feel very badly about this. I didn’t realize she was a minor and assumed she was my age. I made a careless mistake and this is a big lesson for me. I would like to apologize again to Alabama, her dad Travis, and her family.”