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.
“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.”
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.
— Kevin Devine (@KevinDevineTwit) November 12, 2017
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.