All Time Low: US rock band deny allegations of sexual misconduct

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The US stone set All Time Low person denied allegations of intersexual misconduct made against the band, including that guitarist Jack Barakat sexually abused an underage girl, calling them “absolutely and unequivocally false”.

Earlier this month, a pistillate posted a video connected TikTok claiming that an unnamed celebrated pop-punk enactment had invited her connected to their circuit autobus erstwhile she was 13. She alleged inappropriate behaviour, including attempts “to instrumentality my bra disconnected for their nasty collection” and that they “offered maine beers” and subsequently prank-called her friend.

The video went viral and users rapidly connected details from her communicative with the Maryland band.

On 25 October, an anonymous pistillate accused Barakat of intersexual battle portion she was a minor, opening successful 2011 erstwhile she was 15 years old. She claimed that the maltreatment continued during the group’s 2011 circuit and consequent tours. She alleged that successful 2016, different subordinate of All Time Low witnessed her being sexually assaulted by Barakat, and claimed that the maltreatment continued until she was 21 years old.

In a Twitter thread that has since been removed, on with her account, she wrote: “I present realise that I was being manipulated by a antheral who groomed maine during a clip erstwhile I was an emotionally susceptible child.” She said the incidents progressive drugs and precipitated an eating disorder, repeated termination attempts and intelligence anguish.

In a connection signed by each 4 set members and posted aboriginal connected 25 October, they said: “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.

They continued: “It is with that successful caput that we person to authorities with outright certainty that what is being said astir america is wholly and utterly false.” The radical said they would beryllium investigating the root of these “false” allegations and seeking ineligible recourse. They affirmed their committedness to “[standing] with victims … We person lone ever wanted to cultivate and nurture a civilization astir our shows and set that is welcoming, steadfast and safe.”

They added: “But we cannot and volition not substance oregon amplify lies that lone unreality and distort the existent stories of those who request to beryllium heard and represented.”

All Time Low formed successful 2003 and roseate done vulnerability connected the Vans Warped Tour, a now-defunct staple of the pop-punk scene. They person released 8 albums: their astir caller 4 records, including 2020’s Wake Up, Sunshine, each reached the UK Top 10.