Neck Deep Guitarist Leaves Band After Allegations Surface
Another day, another band has been accused of sexual misconduct with minors. Today, it’s Neck Deep.
The UK pop-punkers were forced to issue a statement on their Twitter account after a fan took to her Tumblr account to accuse several members of the band, and their crew, of sending her sexually explicit messages.
The majority of the claims were targeted at guitarist, Lloyd Roberts and Bassist, Fil Thorpe Evans; with the fan claiming the incidents occurred two years ago, when the alleged victim was just 15 years old.
In a statement posted on their Facebook page last night, the band thanked their fans for their patience and asked that they all refrain from spreading rumours or attacking any individuals behind the accusations.
The same statement revealed that Roberts had parted ways with the band, citing a desire to “focus on his family, as he does not feel comfortable about having his reputation, or that of the band sullied further by these accusations”.
Roberts, who since has deleted his twitter account, initially addressed the accusations saying “If any one thinks I’ve done something wrong, please tell the police. I’ll be more than happy to help”.
The allegations come off the back of the success of the bands latest release, Life’s Not Out To Get You, with the album reaching #28 on the ARIA chart.
Read Neck Deep’s statement below:
“Yesterday, there were some allegations aimed towards our band. We feel that these situations should always be approached with the utmost regard for all parties, so we thank you for your patience whilst we have dealt with this matter internally.
Whilst the full facts of the matter at hand are still unclear, our guitarist Lloyd Roberts has decided to step down from Neck Deep to focus on his family, as he does not feel comfortable having his reputation, or that of the band sullied further by these accusations. We sincerely apologise to anyone who has been caused distress or been affected by any of these events. As a band, we absolutely treasure our fans, we would not be anywhere without them, and we would never want them to feel disrespected or taken advantage of.
We would, however, like to ask you all to help be part of the solution, to not take part in posting rumours and gossip on the Internet in the absence of clear facts. We also ask that you please refrain from attacking the people making these statements via social media – we do not want anyone to feel victimised in any way.
Further, we cannot emphasise enough that serious allegations of this kind should ALWAYS be brought to the attention of the relevant authorities, and we urge anyone genuinely affected to use those official channels.
All shows will go ahead as planned, and we thank you all for your continued support and belief in Neck Deep.”