Jesse Lacey, the frontman for rock band Brand New, has been accused of sexual misconduct with a minor.
Lacey put out a statement Saturday, admitting to have "hurt people," but did not mention the specific allegation.
"So while we are on the topic of outing famous and semi-famous creeps, anyone want to speak up about Jesse Lacey from Brand New?" Facebook user Brian K. Diaz asked in a public post.
In the thread, Nicole Elizabeth Garey left several comments detailing her alleged interactions with Lacey. As Uproxx points out, Garey claims Lacey "solicited nudes from me starting when I was 15 and he was 24."
"Manipulated the hell out of me, demanded specific poses/settings/clothing, demeaned me, and made it clear that my sexuality was the only thing I had to offer," Garey, who is now 30, continued. "He knew what he was doing was sh---y so he wouldn’t touch me until I was 19. I should’ve known better by then, but he had screwed me up so much psychologically that all I wanted was his approval. It f---ed me up to the point that I STILL have nightmares and wakeup in a sweat. I still breakdown and have panic attacks when people play Brand New in a bar. JESSE LACEY IS A PIECE OF SH-T."
She went on to accuse Lacey of making her watch him masturbate on Skype. Garey says she took screenshots and they are "probably on a computer in my basement if I ever really wanted to rehash my past that much (I don’t think I do)."
Lacey posted a lengthy statement on Brand New's Facebook page. However, he didn't specifically mention Garey's allegations.
"I am sorry for how I have hurt people, mistreated them, lied, and cheated. 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," he wrote.
Kevin Devine, a musician who has toured with Brand New, also issued a statement on the allegations, notes Pitchfork.
"I believe that it is critically important to really listen to & hear people who speak out about abuse of power & sexual misconduct," Devine wrote. "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."
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