Austin Carlile, ex-vocalist for Of Mice & Men and Attack Attack!, has issued a statement in response to the sexual assault allegations that surfaced against him last week.
The allegations in question initially came to light after alternative music publication Alternative Press posted a now deleted article regarding Carlile‘s faith online, following which alleged victims came forward and brought to light that an intended article was set to be published by the magazine raising these allegations, but ultimately didn’t run due to “legal purposes”.
The former vocalist shared his statement in response to the claims made against him via his personal Instagram account, and you can read it in full below.
“In my younger years, I absolutely was not the best person, but I have never physically abused, preyed upon, forced myself upon, or drugged any woman. These accusations are false and defamatory.
I am not a perfect person: I smoked marijuana daily, drank often, got into fights and acted like a jerk more times than I can count. I did things and acted in ways that I am not proud of, but never have I violated anyone. These ‘accusations’ being thrown around on social media, in our current ‘cancel culture’ climate, are extremely heinous and completely without merit.
My wife is a molestation and rape survivor, and I have personally seen the deep, long-standing pain that she battles with every day. I have spent years surrendering my flesh over to God, allowing Him to constantly improve who I am as a man, husband, and father. During this past week, I have even had the joy of seeing the heartbeat of my new child for the very first time. Today, I am focused on supporting my pregnant wife, our daughter, this new blessing in our lives, my health, my wife’s health, and striving to be a better person every day.
These accusations have been investigated by the appropriate authorities as well as independent journalists and were determined to be unfounded. I apologize to the Marfan Foundation, I Am Second, my former bandmates and any of our dedicated fans who have been unjustly brought into this controversy and wish them all nothing but the best.
All women deserve to feel safe, supported, and heard, but these unjust attacks upon my family and accusations against me, are decades-old claims that are unfounded.”
Carlile left Of Mice & Men in December 2016 due to his ongoing struggles with Marfan syndrome. Prior to that he was a member of Attack Attack!, but stepped down in 2008 citing “personal reasons”.
For those who are facing or who are survivors of sexual abuse, harassment and misconduct, more help and support can be found below.
A Voice For The Innocent: www.avoicefortheinnocent.org
The Survivors Trust: www.thesurvivorstrust.org
Citizens Advice: www.citizensadvice.org.uk