Nothing But Thieves have released an official statement to deny the allegations of sexual abuse made against them by a series of fans on Twitter.
Following the allegations, a show they were due to headline for the NME in London was cancelled. In the wake of that cancellation, the band have moved to “100% deny” all allegations.
“We want to start by saying we completely support victims of assault and respect their bravery in coming forward with their stories,” the band said in a statement. “The past week has been one of the most difficult of our careers. Being falsely accused of sexual assault in a public forum, having these false allegations made about you and people immediately believing them hurts.
“It hurts us as individuals, as a band, hurts our mums and dads, our girlfriends and friends, our business colleagues, our fans, and most of all, it hurts victims of abuse who are telling a true story.”
“Being demonised and subject to so much hate over things that are false is incredibly upsetting,” they added. “We were advised not to address the false allegations, and give them unwarranted attention, but this has been so distressing and damaging, we can no longer sit idly by. We want you to know we 100% deny any wrongdoing in the false allegations brought against us. We have the utmost respect for women and would never treat them in the ways that we have been accused of.”
Nothing But Thieves continued: “We are deeply sorry to anyone who has been upset by these allegations, and want to reassure you they are totally false.”
Due to play a headline show in connection with the NME, the publication issued a statement announcing the cancellation of their Thursday night gig after the allegations emerged.
“NME has been made aware of a number of allegations that have been made on social media against the band Nothing But Thieves,” it says in a statement. We have therefore taken the decision to cancel the show that the band were scheduled to play for us.”