Pinegrove are extending their hiatus following claims that band member and frontman Evan Stephens Hall is guilty of sexual misconduct.
In November last year, Pinegrove announced that they were “taking some time off” and cancelled their tour dates after Stephens Hall penned a detailed statement on Facebook having accused of sexual coercion. Now, the band have extended the hiatus and offered refunds.
“Pinegrove are continuing their hiatus and taking an extended period of time off the road,” they wrote on Twitter. “The band has cancelled the upcoming tour dates. Refunds are available from point of purchase – online ticket buyers will receive notification and a refund in the next 3-5 days. Thank you.”
Writing in a detailed statement posted to Facebook, Hall acknowledged that he has been “accused of sexual coercion,” he said, before adding: “The accusation comes from someone I was involved with for a short but intense period of time.”
“I never leveraged anything against her. I believed all of our decisions to be based in love,” he added: “I am coming to terms with the fact that I monumentally misread the situation. I am trying earnestly to follow this line as deeply as it goes to reflect on all of the things I could have done, and can do, better.
“I should have more actively acknowledged my position of power as a public figure, and also as a man,” Hall wrote. “I have always tried to approach all of my relationships under the premise of equality, but I see now more clearly that the inherent privilege of my gender and the accumulated privilege of being a recognised performer most certainly impacted this interaction.”
See the statement, below.