Following the serious allegations of sexual misconduct against Brand New’s Jesse Lacey, Kevin Devine, who has been a touring member of the band during their recent tour, has made a statement of his own to address the news.
The band’s frontman has been accused by a woman in a detailed admission on a Facebook thread, accusing Lacey of sexual misconduct with her when she was only 15.
Nicole Elizabeth Garey claims that “he solicited nudes from me starting when I was 15 and he was 24.”
Now, Kevin Devine has responded to the news, saying that it is “critically important to really listen to and hear people who speak out about abuse of power and sexual misconduct.”
Adding: “I fully support that decision in this situation.”
Read the full statement, belo.w
“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.”