Story at a glance
- The pop-punk band has been accused by multiple women of sexual abuse, most of which ocurred when the women were still minors.
- The group said they would be seeking “legal recourse” in a statement this week.
- Fans of All Time Low say the group should own up to the accusations.
The rock band All Time Low said they would be seeking legal recourse after several accusations of sexual misconduct went viral this month.
The group has since denied all allegations of sexual abuse, including sex with minors, The Guardian reported.
A woman on the video-sharing platform TikTok earlier this month accused an unnamed pop-punk group of inviting her on to their tour bus when she was just 13 years old, claiming the musicians offered her alcohol and tried to convince her to take off her bra for their “nasty collection.”
Fans identified the anonymous band as All Time Low after the video went viral, piecing together hints from the original user, who said the musicians wrote songs about popping champagne and kids in the dark, both of which are All Time Low tracks.
All Time Low responded to those claims Monday on Twitter, writing that “the allegations being brought against us are absolutely and unequivocally false.”
“We are investigating further the source of these false accusations, and will be seeking legal recourse as we take these allegations very seriously,” the group wrote, but added that they “stand with victims and always wish to amplify the voices and stories of those who have suffered abuse and trauma.”
All Time Low did not specify who they would be taking legal action against.
The Maryland rock band was formed in 2003 and currently consists of vocalist Alex Gaskarth, guitarists Jack Barakat and Zack Merrick, and drummer Rian Dawson. Barakat has been accused of sexual misconduct by several other women, who say he abused them when they were underage.
Fans of All Time Low shared their outrage and disappointment in the group’s behavior after the allegations went viral.
“You are lying through your teeth,” Twitter user @thatpunkwitch wrote on Tuesday in response to the band’s statement. “Own up to the accusations. Own up to the fact you protect ABUSERS and not victims.”
“Anyone want some all time low cd's lmao? Kidding, I'll just burn 'em,” another said.
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