News•June 18, 2020 9:39 AM ET•7,117 views
Austin Carlile responds to sexual assault allegations
Earlier this month it came to light that a multitude of women have accused former Of Mice & Men and Attack Attack! frontman Austin Carlile of sexual assault during his time in the two bands. The ensuing fallout yielded a statement from Of Mice & Men, in addition to an apology from Alternative Press for ultimately failing to publish an intended feature on Carlile's alleged indiscretions. Carlile himself has now stepped forward to publicly address the allegations, issuing the following statement:
"In my younger years, I absolutely was not the best person, but I have never physically abused, preyed upon, forced myself upon, or drugged any woman. These accusations are false and defamatory. "I am not a perfect person: I smoked marijuana daily, drank often, got into fights and acted like a jerk more times than I can count. I did things and acted in ways that I am not proud of, but never have I violated anyone. These 'accusations' being thrown around on social media, in our current 'cancel culture' climate, are extremely heinous and completely without merit. "My wife is a molestation and rape survivor, and I have personally seen the deep, long-standing pain that she battles with every day. I have spent years surrendering my flesh over to God, allowing Him to constantly improve who I am as a man, husband, and father. During this past week, I have even had the joy of seeing the heartbeat of my new child for the very first time. Today, I am focused on supporting my pregnant wife, our daughter, this new blessing in our lives, my health, my wife's health, and striving to be a better person every day. "These accusations have been investigated by the appropriate authorities as well as independent journalists and were determined to be unfounded. I apologize to the Marfan Foundation, I Am Second, my former bandmates and any of our dedicated fans who have been unjustly brought into this controversy and wish them all nothing but the best. "All women deserve to feel safe, supported, and heard, but these unjust attacks upon my family and accusations against me, are decades-old claims that are unfounded."
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