Kississippi have taken to their social media to share an updated statement regarding the abuse allegations against their touring drummer, Jeremy Probst. The band additionally canceled the remainder of their U.K. tour with Tancred and the Winter Passing following a family emergency.
Previously, the touring Kississippi drummer was accused of abuse. In Kississippi’s public statement, made yesterday, Nov. 18, it has become apparent that Probst was accused of emotional abuse. According to various Twitter threads, the accuser’s experience started when the drummer was a teenager.
“I believe that Mickey’s stories and trauma are both true and valid,” Kississippi’s Zoe Reynolds says of the accuser. “I do not condone any form of abuse. I stand in solidarity with victims of abuse and humans with PTSD always. I am cut from the same unfortunate cloth and understand how hard it is to share trauma publicly.”
In the accuser’s post, it’s stated that Probst was not involved with Kississippi at the time of the alleged abuse. This has been clarified in Kississippi’s post as well.
“Jeremy has played in a handful of bands over the time that this has taken place,” Reynolds says. “Conversations and action would have been taken months ago had I heard Mickey’s accusations before. This news came to me as a surprise last night.”
The band has chosen to move on without Probst, effective yesterday.
“Mickey’s wishes are that Jeremy takes a year off from playing and booking shows and we will make sure that happens,” Reynolds says. “They have agreed to this with no hesitation.”
“We believe in rehabilitation for those who have been hurt before anything else and it is apparent that Mickey is on that path,” Reynolds continues. “I understand how hard it can be to reach a path to recovery from emotional trauma and am grateful that Mickey has the resources they need to receive help. We also believe that Jeremy needs help of their own and will make sure that Jeremy agrees to Mickey’s necessary request to see a therapist. I am doing my best to keep up with anyone with questions or anyone who is hurting because of this news.”
You can see the full post below.
Additionally, Kississippi shared that they must cancel the remainder of their U.K. tour due to a family medical emergency that is unrelated to the allegations described above. Reynolds says that they must fly home immediately because of the emergency.
“Please still catch both bands at these next few shows,” Reynolds says. “They are truly not worth missing and if you are a fan of us and haven’t had the chance to listen, I guarantee you will be a fan of them too.”
Kississippi will play a “stripped-down” show in Nottingham tonight. You can purchase tickets for the remainder of the dates with Tancred and the Winter Passing here.
We have chosen not to quote directly from the accuser, for they are not a public figure and we don’t wish to warrant more trauma.