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Brand New Cancel Tour After Singer Apologizes for Sexual Misconduct With Underaged Fans

Long-running Long Island band Brand New have canceled their European tour after singer Jesse Lacey apologized for sexual misconduct with underage fans. The shows included dates in the U.K. and Ireland.

“Due to the events of the last few days, Brand New will be postponing it’s upcoming three shows in the United Kingdom and Ireland,” the post reads.

The band’s touring guitarist Kevin Devine and the opening act for the tour both pulled out of the tour in the wake of Lacey’s apology, posted on Saturday, which followed several allegations of sexual misconduct against Lacey in Facebook posts.

Among multiple claims, on Friday, a woman posted in a public Facebook thread (since removed) that Lacey demanded that she send him nude photos and watch him masturbate over Skype in 2002, when she was 15 and he was 24.

On Saturday, Lacey wrote in a long Facebook post:  “The actions of my past have caused pain and harm to a number of people, and I want to say that I am absolutely sorry. I do not stand in defense of myself nor do I forgive myself. I was selfish, narcissistic, and insensitive in my past, and there are a number of people who have had to shoulder the burden of my failures. I apologize for the hurt I have caused, and hope to be able to take the correct actions to earn forgiveness and trust.

“I am sorry for how I have hurt people, mistreated them, lied, and cheated,” he continued. “I am sorry for ignoring the way in which my position, status, and power as a member of a band affected the way people viewed me or their approach to their interactions with me. And I am sorry for how often I have not afforded women the respect, support, or honesty that they deserved, and which is their right. I believe in the equality and autonomy of all, but in my life I have been more of a detriment to these ideals than an advocate.”

 

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