Brand New’s touring guitarist Kevin Devine has announced that he will no longer be touring with the band. This comes after allegations of sexual misconduct with a minor made against lead singer Jesse Lacey.

Lacey has already responded to the allegations.

Devine says:

“I’ve decided I won’t be making the trip to the UK & Ireland this week, neither to play in Brand New nor to do my own set in Dublin. I’m sorry to anyone who was looking forward to seeing me play.  I will make every effort to make it up to you as soon as possible.”

Before coming to the decision to drop out of the tour, Devine released this statement via Facebook:

I want to address the allegations against Jesse.

I believe that it is critically important to really listen to & hear people who speak out about abuse of power & sexual misconduct. I fully support that decision in this situation, which I’m sure was incredibly difficult, and I hope she is supported in the next part of her journey toward healing. I had not heard the story prior to it being made public yesterday. I’m heartbroken for her & for every person who absorbs & subsequently has to figure out how to live with this type of trauma. We all need to do a lot better, myself very much included.

I’m a recovering alcoholic and drug addict who has been sober for 9.5 years. My life experience has indicated to me that rehabilitation, through accountability, through owning & learning from the worst things about yourself, and through accepting & facing the consequences of your actions, is a real & possible ideal. I hope that my friend continues to do what he needs to do to get & be better. I completely understand it is not incumbent upon anyone else to see situations like this through that lens, and I mean to inflict no harm in presenting my experience.

I’m not sure what happens next. When I am, I’ll say more.

Thank you,
Kevin

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