[Photo credit: Brand New/Ryan Bakerink, Kevin Devine/Facebook]
Brand New touring member Kevin Devine has released a statement saying he will no longer be joining the band on tour after allegations of sexual misconduct were made against frontman Jesse Lacey.
Read his full statement below.
Following Brand New's supporting act dropping out of upcoming shows yesterday, the band's touring guitarist Kevin Devine has announced that he will no longer be touring with the band.
The announcement comes after frontman Jesse Lacey shared a statement in regards to the sexual misconduct allegations made against him.
“The actions of my past have caused pain and harm to a number of people, and I want to say that I am absolutely sorry,” Lacey writes.
“I do not stand in defense of myself nor do I forgive myself. I was selfish, narcissistic, and insensitive in my past, and there are a number of people who have had to shoulder the burden of my failures. I apologize for the hurt I have caused, and hope to be able to take the correct actions to earn forgiveness and trust.”
Devine released his own statement yesterday shorty after Lacey's.
“I want to address the allegations against Jesse” Devine. “I believe that it is critically important to really listen to & hear people who speak out about abuse of power & sexual misconduct. I fully support that decision in this situation, which I’m sure was incredibly difficult, and I hope she is supported in the next part of her journey toward healing. I had not heard the story prior to it being made public yesterday. I’m heartbroken for her & for every person who absorbs & subsequently has to figure out how to live with this type of trauma. We all need to do a lot better, myself very much included.”
You can read his full statement below.
Earlier today, Devine added to his statement announcing that he would no longer be joining the band on tour.
If you or someone you know has been a victim of sexual assault or abuse, there is help to be found. Please consider these online resources:
A Voice For The Innocent – http://www.avoicefortheinnocent.org
Anti Violence Project (serves LGBT) – https://avp.org
Punk Talks – https://www.punktalks.org
National Sexual Assault Hotline – 800.656.4673
National Sexual Violence Resource Center – https://www.nsvrc.org