All Time Low has “completely” denied allegations of sexual misconduct against the band, including allegations that guitarist Jack Barakat abused a minor girl, calling them “absolutely and unequivocally false.”
The controversy began to brew earlier in October – when a woman posted a TikTok claiming that an unnamed “pop-punk band” had invited her on their tour bus when she was 13 – and boiled over Monday after several fire allegations of sexual abuse of minors were made on Monday in a bombarded Twitter thread.
The introductory TikTok clip first spurred social media to link details from her story to All Time Low. She claimed band members “Literally tried to take my bra off for their ugly collection” and “offered me beer” before they “got my friend’s phone number and prank called her for months.”
On Monday, the band – formed in Maryland around 2003 and known for hits like “Dear Maria, Count Me In” from 2007 and “Monsters” from 2020 with Demi Lovato and blackbear – finally responded to the allegations with a joint response to the 1.5 million followers on their official Twitter account, with the caption: “A statement from the four of us.”
“When a TikTok video gained traction a few weeks ago, alluding to inappropriate behavior in our camp, we chose not to respond because of the obvious inconsistencies in the story and the apparent reluctance to mention us by name. We felt that a response would have raised and escalated a direct lie, thereby robbing actual victims of abuse of their very real and very important collective voice. “
Just when the band might have thought things were living up to their name, a now-deleted Twitter thread, released on Monday, showed an anonymous woman accusing Barakat of sexual assault when she was 15 years old during the band’s 2011 tour and continued on subsequent tours, It reported The Independent. She claimed that another member of the band in 2016 experienced that she was assaulted by Barakat, 33, and claimed that the abuse continued until she was 21.
“I now realize that I was manipulated by a man who cared for me at a time when I was an emotionally vulnerable child,” she wrote in the thread, which has since been deleted, along with her account, adding that the incidents drugs involved and spurred on to an eating disorder, several suicide attempts and mental illness.
All Time Low’s statement on Monday night also addressed these recent allegations: “We have to declare with immediate certainty that what is being said about us is completely and utterly false.”
The group also promised to reveal the source of the “false” allegations and investigate legal action – but stressed that “at this point it is of the utmost importance to us that you know we hear you, we stand with you and we stand collectively for truth. “
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