Allegations have recently surfaced online directed at Austin Carlile (ex-Of Mice & Men/ex-Attack Attack!), who is being accused of sexual assault.
The allegations were raised following a post published by Alternative Press in relation to Carlile‘s faith in Jesus.
One of the alleged victims posted a statement shortly after on Facebook, in which they state that Carlile has “raped girls” and that over 15 girls had shared their stories with the publication in the past for a story which was never published.
You can read their full statement below.
“Dear Alternative Press,
Remember when over 15 girls shared their stories with you about this serial rapist? Because I do. I was one of them. Now you want to not only share HIS nonsense, but you want to put his name next to Jesus? No, just, no. It’s not okay.
The alternative community has followed you for YEARS. I followed your stories so closely all through high school and watched my artist friends be featured by your magazine. To be contacted by you to share my story, in hopes that it wouldn’t keep happening to other girls, felt like a dream. Finally there was something I could do, considering I was told by law enforcement that there was nothing else I could hope for with no physical evidence. I never thought anyone would believe me or take this seriously, then there was your magazine asking us to share.
He not only raped girls, probably more than anyone even knows about, he was a predator seeking out underage girls by using his position in the music industry to do so. He threatened you with a lawsuit and you backed down. I get it, who would want to be involved in that when you could just… not. That was your choice, a choice none of us had. We can’t just let it go and forget. I for one had hoped that you would at the very least stop featuring him. Guess I was wrong to hope that.
He needs CANCELLED. Get him out of these kids’ faces who believe he’s a good person deserving of recognition.”
A little after the post was initially made, some additions were added to it, which can be read below.
“For anyone doubting the validity of this post, for those of you who met him at a meet & greet and presume to know anything about him in real life, I’m asking you to please reconsider your stance that you truly know him. Go to my Facebook photo albums and check our wedding party. Do the groomsmen look familiar? I am NOT and NEVER WAS some random groupie who was obsessed with Austin and is now trying to take him down due to rejection. We have no interest in his money. Our interest now is to make sure he can’t keep doing this.
I should have specified before that the claims in this post date back to 2007 for myself, and earlier for some of the other girls. Worried we’re not going to share the details with you? Don’t be, we absolutely intend to. Someone should be innocent until proven guilty, and I’m here to let you know that it will be proven. Why? Because he is guilty. He is a predator.”
The victim’s partner also took to Twitter to back these allegations, and that to their understanding Alternative Press didn’t run the story “because they were open to being sued by Austin and his lawyers”.
Alternative Press stated in a tweet that for “legal purposes”, the story that’s being referred to “couldn’t run as it was told”, but that it “WILL be heard.”
For legal purposes regarding the Austin Carlile accusations, the story couldn't run as it was told. As a female-led, lgbtq+ editorial staff, we're going to reopen this & find the answers you're looking for. We do not condone any of the accusations & this story WILL be heard.
— altpress (@AltPress) June 9, 2020
They’ve also published a statement on their site, apologising for the outcome of the unpublished story.
Since the allegations surfaced, Of Mice & Men (who Carlile founded and served as the vocalist between 2009 and 2010 and again between 2011 and 2016) also released a short statement.
— Of Mice & Men (@OMandM) June 9, 2020
“Yesterday we heard for the first time of an alleged article that was written, and apparently subsequently shelved, regarding a former member of our band.
This individual has not been a member of Of Mice & Men for almost four years and neither the band, nor the team around us, has had any part in suppressing any such article.
We absolutely condemn sexual violence and harassment in any form.
– Aaron, Alan, Tino & Phil”
At the time of writing, there’s no response from Austin Carlile in relation to the allegations.