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Belmont part ways with guitarist over allegations

Monday, August 17, 2020 6:41 AM PT

Chicago, IL 'easycore' band Belmont (Pure Noise Records) have announced the departure of guitarist Sam Patt following allegations of sexual assault.

One woman's account of a 2016 assault gained social media traction over the weekend, prompting another woman to openly accuse Patt of similar behavior (the latter actually first came forward in late June, but gained little attention).

Belmont issue the following statement last night regarding Patt:

"Today we were made aware of accusations against Sam that we were not formerly aware of and because of this we have agreed to part ways with Sam. Following a previous allegation from a few months ago, we came to an agreement with Sam that he would address this and improve his behavior, and we wanted to give him a chance to make amends with his accuser privately. We apologize for not making a public statement while this work was being done.

"We take these accusations very seriously. It is important to us to foster a safe and supportive scene for everyone involved, and we'll be taking some time to consider how we can be better at actively supporting this.

"We hope that this is a step in the right direction towards earning back your support."