Official Warped Tour YouTuber Austin Jones has issued an apology regarding the bizarre accusations made against him earlier this month. “I’m embarrassed,” Jones said. “I’d have conversations online with girls that would involve me asking them to create a video of themselves twerking. Sometimes I’d make videos of myself doing some twerk moves in return. Here’s the truth: I NEVER asked them to do anything more than send a twerking video. Nothing EVER went beyond that.”
You can read his full apology below:
“To my friends, fans and family,
I wanted to explain why I've been off of social media and have taken a break from my music.
I've been in therapy, seeking help to discover why I communicated with my fans in a way that I have come to fully realize was not appropriate.
I'm embarrassed. I'd have conversations online with girls that would involve me asking them to create a video of themselves twerking. Sometimes I'd make videos of myself doing some twerk moves in return.
Here's the truth: I NEVER asked them to do anything more than send a twerking video. Nothing EVER went beyond that.
I recognize now how odd all of this sounds.
I recognize how much I've embarrassed myself, my family and my fans. That is the reason I am coming forward today. I didn't want to wait another day to apologize.
To anyone that I have made feel uncomfortable or awkward, I am deeply sorry for the hurt and shame I may have caused you.
I NEVER intended to mistreat or humiliate anyone.
I also offer a heartfelt and sincere apology to my family, friends and fans whom I have let down because of my actions.
What was I thinking? That's the question I know most of you want to know and, quite frankly, I want to know too. I have decided to take this time to reflect and to discover how to grow from this and become a better person. I owe that to my family, my friends, my fans, but most importantly to me.
We as people are not made stronger from our successes, but by the journey we take through mistakes and misfortunes back to the top of the mountain. And that is where I intend to be at the end of this. At the top of the mountain with a stronger sense of those who support me, a greater sense of self and a greater connection to my fans.
To those who have and will continue to support me, please know I never meant to let you down and I am doing everything I can–with the help of my family and friends–to pick myself back up and be a better person.
Thanks for believing in me. Please be good to each other and we’ll see each other soon.