Brand New have pulled their upcoming United Kingdom tour following assault allegations

Angelo Anderson
November 14, 2017

Brand New frontman Jesse Lacey has issued an apology in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations.

One woman wrote that in 2002 - when she was 15 and Lacey was 24 - the singer hounded her to send him nude photos and made her watch him masturbate over Skype. "He knew what he was doing was sh*tty so he wouldn't touch me until I was 19".

"I am sorry for how I have hurt people, mistreated them, lied, and cheated", Lacey continued, explaining that his behavior was caused by "a dependent and addictive relationship with sex". "In hindsight as an adult woman, I know I was preyed on".

On Sunday, both the British band Martha, Brand New's opening act for the trek, and touring guitarist Kevin Devine announced they were withdrawing from the tour after Lacey's apology, which followed accusations of sexual misconduct against the singer that surfaced in a public Facebook post. I should've known better by then, but he had screwed me up so much psychologically that all I wanted was his approval.

Lacey has since responded to the allegations, saying he is "absolutely sorry" for the "pain and harm" he has caused people in his past. "I was scared of it, ashamed, and unwilling or unable to admit it, and so it grew into a consistent and bad problem", Lacey wrote.

"I do not stand in defence of myself nor do I forgive myself", he wrote in a statement. I love my family with an intensity and realness that I have never felt before, and as a husband and a father I have been granted the opportunity to wake up each day with the intent to serve my family and the people around me, and to feel, for the first time that I have goal.

"I'm heartbroken for her & for every person who absorbs & subsequently has to figure out how to live with this type of trauma", Devine wrote in a Facebook post. Driskill also says that when she was 18, she went to see a Brand New concert, after which Lacey tricked her into coming into the band's green room, at which point he pinned her against a wall and kissed and touched her without her consent.

Durham band Martha, who were set to support Brand New on their United Kingdom dates, also pulled out of the tour prior to its cancellation, saying: "We have chose to pull out of the Brand New shows". I entered professional treatment, both in group therapy and individual counseling, and revealed the realities of what a awful place I had gotten to in my life, and what a bad impact my actions had on people.

"It is heart wrenching that the most important changes in my life have come at the expense of others", he added.

Brand New emerged from Long Island, 2001 with Your Favorite Weapon, and broke an eight-year hiatus this past August with the release of Science Fiction.

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