Indiana band Hoops have announced their plans to break up amid allegations of sexual abuse made against their former member.
Drew Auscherman, the band’s lead singer, took to social media to confirm the news: “We’ve been seeing some pretty terrible things on Twitter over the past week involving a former member of the band,” he wrote. “I feel it’s necessary to say that we as people and as a band abhor that kind of behaviour and do not tolerate sexual abuse in any form.”
Auscherman, who did not name the ex-member, said the person left the group in 2017 and cited the departure because “for reasons unrelated to this situation”, Auscherman added, “A while after the band had broken up [in 2018], I was made aware of this former member’s actions. I made the mistake of not pursuing the matters further with the band and the former member, which I now realise only extended and amplified the victim’s suffering.”
The news arrives as the band were due to release their sophomore album, Halo, on October 2 through Fat Possum. Now, however, the label has announced their intention to scrap the release, “In light of Hoops’ announcement regarding allegations against a former member, Fat Possum will not be releasing their album ‘Halo’. Refunds on album pre-orders will be issued as quickly as possible.
Adding: “The label does not tolerate sexual abuse of any kind.”