“We are sorry for not addressing this publicly earlier on. We wanted to address the issue directly with Eric in a private space but now realize this wasn't the right way to go about things,” the band explained.
Read their statement in full below.
Allegations arose on social media months ago, and according to the band’s statement, were not addressed publicly until now.
Read the band’s statement on their Facebook page here:
Many of you have noticed Eric's recent absence from the band and we wanted to take a minute to address it before we start sharing new music.
Eric has left the band for the foreseeable future to address personal issues, and has been receiving professional counseling related to his personal relationships and emotional abuse allegations made against him. The band agreed this was the best course of action to accept responsibility for this behavior and to help Eric make personal changes in how he manages his interpersonal relationships.
We are sorry for not addressing this publicly earlier on. We wanted to address the issue directly with Eric in a private space but now realize this wasn't the right way to go about things. We stand with victims of abuse – always. We are working hard to find real solutions to these issues that force all people in these situations to address their actions and to accept accountability and responsibility for them.
The news comes as the band announced their new album, Good Nature, today, alongside the lead single “Super Natural.”
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The National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
The National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)
RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) Chat
MentalHealth.gov – Get Immediate Help
ImAlive – Online Crisis Network
International Association For Suicide Prevention – Resources
The Anxiety And Depression Association Of America