Beach Slang Remove Guitarist Ruben Gallego After Allegations Of Sexual Assault
Philly pop-punks Beach Slang have today announced the booting of shredder Ruben Gallego, following allegations made against Gallego accusing him of sexual assault.
The band took to Facebook to explain that, “Although this occurred four years ago and prior to him joining Beach Slang, we cannot in good conscience continue with him. We believe survivors and we want to believe Ruben, but until we learn more information, we don’t feel it’s appropriate for him to be a part of Beach Slang.”
Also mentioned is that the band will make a donation to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) – a support organisation for victims of sexual assault – in response to the news.
The timing isn’t all too great (though, it goes without saying that this would be the case regardless), either, as the now-duo were set to embark on an American tour in support of their latest full-length, A Loud Bash Of Teenage Feelings. The tour will still kick off tonight, however rather than hitting fans with the full band setup they’d expected, frontman James Alex will be filling the circuit with an acoustic solo set.
Gallego has since responded to the allegations, stating to Pitchfork; “I’d like to say that what’s important to me is that people stand with survivors and that we continue to foster an environment where people aren’t afraid to speak out against their abusers.
“Although I do feel like what’s being said about me is inaccurate,” he continues, “it’s irrelevant. I think it’s totally possible for people to see a situation completely differently and if this person feels I harmed them then that’s what I care about and I want to make that right. I also care deeply about how this affects other victims of sexual assault specifically the ones who attend Beach Slang shows and felt that sticking around would further isolate them.”
Read the full statement from Beach Slang below: