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Brand New postpone U.K. tour after frontman’s sexual misconduct apology

Rockers Brand New have postponed their U.K. tour after frontman Jesse Lacey apologised for sexual misconduct.
The American band were due to play two dates in the U.K. and Ireland this week (end19Nov17) but have cancelled the gig after the singer was accused by a woman of soliciting intimate photos of her when she was 15 years old.
A statement on the group’s Facebook page reads, “Due to the events of the last few days, Brand New will be postponing it’s (sic) upcoming three shows in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Ticket refunds will be accepted at the original point of purchase.”
The concerts, at the O2 Academies in Brixton and Glasgow, Scotland, as well as another date at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre have now been put off indefinitely. The cancellations came after guitarist Kevin Devine and their support act Martha pulled out of the tour.
In a post on the social media site Nicole Elizabeth Garey alleged the 39-year-old rocker “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”.
She complained that although the rocker hadn’t initiated full sexual conduct until she was 19, he had manipulated her psychologically and made her watch him masturbate during Skype video calls.
After Garey came forward, the (Fork and Knife) singer issued an apology via Facebook, apologising for the hurt he caused by his behaviour.
“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,” he wrote. “I do not stand in defence 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 apologise for the hurt I have caused, and hope to be able to take the correct actions to earn forgiveness and trust.”

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