Brand New Frontman Jesse Lacey Apologizes For Sexual Misconduct, Postpones Tour
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The band Brand New is postponing its comeback tour of the U.K. pursuing accusations of sexual misconduct against its singer, Jesse Lacey, made public last week on social media.
In a since-deleted thread on Facebook (a obtain comment from that poster wasn’t immediately came back) – accurate excerpts that were posted by culture blog Uproxx – a female accused Brand New singer Jesse Lacey of soliciting nude photos from her when she was 15 years old, and of experiencing masturbated while on a Skype video call with her (she didn’t clarify her age at the time of the Skype conversation).
Lacey responded over the weekend with a blanket apology for his behavior, without admitting to any kind of specific allegations. “I was selfish, narcissistic, and insensitive in my earlier, and there are a number of people who’ve possessed to shoulder the burden of my failures. I apologize for the hurt I have caused, and hope to have the ability to take the right actions to receive forgiveness and trust,” he wrote. “I am sorry for how I have hurt people, mistreated them, lied, and cheated. I am sorry for ignoring how my position, position, and power as a member of a band influenced the way people seen me or their method of their interactions with me. And I am sorry for how often I have not afforded women the value, support, or honesty that they deserved.”
Lacey’s declaration arrives on the heels of comedian Louis C.K.’s admission of guilt and declaration of contrition over his own history of sexual assaults. “There is nothing relating to this that I forgive myself for,” C.K. wrote in a declaration. “And I must reconcile it with who I am. Which is certainly nothing when compared to task I remaining them with.” C.K.’s confirmation of The New York Times’ investigation was component of a wide wave of sexual misconduct allegations against many, including former NPR reports executive Mike Oreskes, in what’s being commonly referred to as a “post-Weinstein” point in time, in mention of the disgraced Hollywood mogul.
Kevin Devine, a former touring guitarist for Brand New, posted a declaration of his own, publishing that he previously “certainly not heard the story prior to it being made consumer yesterday. I’m heartbroken on her behalf and for every one who absorbs and subsequently must work out how to live with this sort of trauma. We all need to do better, myself very much included.” Devine continued to cite his very own struggles with addiction, and long-term sobriety, as supplying a possible path to identical rehabilitation for Lacey.
The accusations and Lacey’s statement also prompted the group Martha to recuse itself from Brand New’s tour: “We have decided to pull out of the brand new shows. Support survivors definitely,” the band wrote on Twitter.
Brand New emerged from Long Island, N.Y. in 2001 with Your Favorite Weapon, and broke an eight-year hiatus earlier this August with the release of Technology Fiction. That latest record propelled the group to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart, one of just three guitar-reliant bands this season to do so, relating to Billboard, and drew glowing reviews from music critics – including one posted by NPR Music.
Requests for further comment from Brand New’s publicist were not returned.