All Time Low denies ‘nasty’ underage sexual abuse claims against band

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Alex Gaskarth, Jack Barakat, Rian Dawson and Zack Merrick of All Time Low airs  backstage earlier  performing and signing copies of their caller   medium  'Future Hearts' astatine  HMV Manchester connected  March 18, 2015 successful  Manchester, England. Alex Gaskarth, Jack Barakat, Rian Dawson and Zack Merrick of All Time Low airs backstage earlier performing and signing copies of their caller medium connected March 18, 2015 successful Manchester, England. WireImage

All Time Low has “utterly” denied allegations of intersexual misconduct made against the set including claims that guitarist Jack Barakat abused an underage girl, slamming them arsenic “absolutely and unequivocally false.”

The contention started brewing earlier successful October — erstwhile a pistillate posted a TikTok claiming that an unnamed “pop-punk band” has had invited her connected to their circuit autobus for erstwhile she was 13 — and boiled implicit Monday aft much incendiary claims of underage intersexual maltreatment were lobbed o. Monday successful a bombshell Twitter thread.

The archetypal TikTok clip archetypal spurred societal media sleuths to nexus details from her communicative to All Time Low. She claimed set members “literally tried to instrumentality my bra disconnected for their nasty collection” and “offered maine beers” earlier they “got my friend’s telephone fig and prank called her for months.”

On Monday, the set — formed successful Maryland circa 2003 and known hits specified arsenic 2007’s “Dear Maria, Count Me In” and 2020’s “Monsters” with Demi Lovato and blackbear — yet responded to the incendiary accusations with a associated response to the 1.5 cardinal followers connected their authoritative Twitter account, captioned: “A connection from the 4 of us.”

“When a TikTok video gained traction a fewer weeks agone alluding to inappropriate behaviour wrong our camp, we chose not to respond due to the fact that of the glaring inconsistencies successful the communicative and the evident reluctance to notation america by name. We felt that a effect would person elevated and escalated an outright lie, and successful doing so, robbed existent victims of maltreatment of their precise existent and precise important corporate voice.”

Just erstwhile the set mightiness person thought things were surviving up to their name, a now-deleted Twitter thread posted connected Monday featured an anonymous pistillate accusing Barakat of intersexual battle erstwhile she was a 15 years aged during the band’s 2011 circuit and continuing connected consequent tours, The Independent reported. She alleged that successful 2016, different subordinate of the set witnessed her being assaulted by Barakat, 33, and claimed that the maltreatment continued until she was 21.

“I present recognize that I was being manipulated by a antheral who groomed maine during a clip erstwhile I was an emotionally susceptible child,” she wrote successful the thread that has since been deleted, on with her account, adding that the incidents progressive drugs and spurred an eating disorder, aggregate termination attempts and intelligence illness.

All Time Low’s connection connected Monday nighttime besides addressed these much caller claims: “We person to authorities with outright certainty that what is being said astir america is wholly and utterly false.”

The radical besides vowed to uncover the root of these “false” allegations and research ineligible enactment — but stressed that they “at this constituent it is of utmost value to america that you cognize we perceive you, we basal with you, and we basal collectively for truth.”

Jack Barakat of All Time Low performs astatine  Eventim Apollo connected  March 10, 2017 successful  London, England. Jack Barakat of All Time Low performs astatine Eventim Apollo connected March 10, 2017 successful London, England. Redferns