NEWS: Panic! At The Disco fire guitarist Kenneth Harris amidst allegations!

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In a brief yet direct statement issued via their social channels, Las Vegas based pop-rockers Panic! At The Disco have announced that they’ve removed guitarist Kenneth Harris from their touring band line-up.

The statement says that the reason to remove the touring guitarist is “because of a personal matter.”

The news of his exit from the group comes following the surfacing of sexual misconduct allegations online by a Twitter user under the handle @donasnooze who states that Harris had been asking them on multiple occasions for suggestive photographs in 2016. The user at the time was reportedly 16-years-old.

You can read the full thread of the allegations raised by the Twitter user below.

“I really do love Panic! At The Disco but uhhh… Kenneth Harris needs to be called out, so here’s a thread about my experience with him.

April 20, 2016: This was the first day I ever snapped Kenny. I sent him a picture of me with that stupid dog filter, thinking he wouldn’t even reply but boy did he. He went on about how cute I was and asked me to send more selfies, which I obviously did, and he sent a few back.

Fast forward about a week later. My friend and I had tickets to see Panic! live on July 8th, fifth row from the stage. I snapped Kenny and asked him if he could throw me a guitar pick since we were so close to the stage. He agreed, but only if I’d send him a “pic” first. Me being the dumb 16 YEAR OLD that I was at the time, asked him “what kind of pic”, hoping he just wanted another selfie (not that that’s any better) but noope.

He replies back “surprise me”. So, my dumbass 16 year old self decided to play along and i go, “If I send you a picture now, you’ll forget about me by the time of the concert in July!!” to which he replies with “well, if you keep sending them, i won’t” So, I ended up agreeing but always put it off whenever he’d ask. I wasn’t gonna actually send him anything. There was no way.

He would always ask for pics but finally got bored I guess?? I would always make up excuses for why I couldn’t send anything and they were not believable whatsoever. But they shouldn’t have had to be. All in all. he stopped snapping me after he realized he wasn’t gonna get what he wanted Β―\_(ツ)_/Β―

Before anyone comes at me for playing along, I had just turned 16! I was nervous to come out about this back then because I didn’t want to get him in trouble. A member of my favorite band talked to me and I didn’t want him to regret it? If that makes any sense? Beyond fucked.

Following the initial thread above, several other users sent private messages to @donasnooze detailing similar alleged experiences that they’ve had with Harris, which also included Snapchat conversations.

The user @donasnooze shared these on their Twitter feed, which you can check out below.

Kenneth Harris initially joined Panic! At The Disco‘s touring band line-up back in 2013.

At the time of writing, there’s no further information on the matter from the band, including if they plan on filling Harris‘ position or if they’ll be continuing on without a replacement for the foreseeable future.

There is also no official statement or response from Harris directly at this time.

For those who are facing or who are survivors of sexual abuse, harassment and misconduct, more help and support can be found below.

NHS: www.nhs.uk
Safeline: www.safeline.org.uk
SOSAA: www.sosaa.org.uk
A Voice For The Innocent: www.avoicefortheinnocent.org
RAINN: www.rainn.org
Mind: www.mind.org.uk
Survivors: www.survivorsuk.org
The Survivors Trust: www.thesurvivorstrust.org
Citizens Advice: www.citizensadvice.org.uk

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