There’s currently a big spotlight on the music industry right now and victims of sexual abuse are coming forward and speaking out about those who have allegedly taken advantage of a situation and abused their power. One of the latest incidents involved Pierce the Veil drummer Mike Fuentes who has announced via the band’s Facebook Page that he’s stepping down from his role within the group after an anonymous allegation has come about, dating back nearly ten years ago.
In his statement, he reveals:
“I’m of course aware of the allegation made about me from almost ten years ago, and I cannot begin to describe how difficult and disturbing this entire situation has been for everyone involved. I do not take this allegation lightly and would never downplay it. I have empathy for any human being who has experienced abuse or mistreatment in their lives, and I am inspired to see so many come forward and speak out about it. No one should have to suffer in silence, and I am thankful that the world is finally starting to listen. I also want to assure you that I have never intentionally manipulated or abused anyone in my life. That is not the person I am, how I was raised, or the type of behavior that I condone. I strongly believe in the empowerment of abuse victims, so if I have ever made anyone feel like they are less than equal, I am sincerely sorry.”
Due to his actions and without a core/fill in member, the band have now had to pull out of any immediate touring plans including their forthcoming UK tour with All Time Low. We’ll keep you posted with how these allegations turn out. Read the band’s full post below.
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