In recent weeks, allegations of sexual harassment, abuse, and misconduct levied towards public figures both within and outside of the music industry have been rife, and one of which was aimed towards Rob Damiani, the vocalist for Bedford based rock outfit, Don Broco.
Following news of the allegations towards Damiani coming to light, which happened shortly after they had performed their biggest headline show to date on November 11th 2017 at London’s Alexandra Palace, the band responded on their social accounts (here), stating that they “aware of the allegations that have been made on social media”, and that they “take the allegations seriously.”
The following day, a further post was made via the band’s social accounts, directly from Damiani (here), stating that he explicitly wishes to “totally refute the allegations” made against him, that they are “untrue and defamatory”, and that the situation is now being handled by his “legal representatives who will be instructed to take the appropriate action.”
Now, nearly two weeks later, Don Broco have confirmed that the situation has now been settled, stating that the accusations have been “publicly retracted and an unreserved apology issued”, and what they “accept this apology in the spirit it was made and would like to draw a line under this whole matter.”
You can check out the tweets/statement confirming this below.
We are aware that the person who made the apology has received abuse. We consider abusive behaviour to be totally unacceptable so please don't intimidate anyone in our name. We ask everyone to respect that this apology has been accepted and we consider the matter closed.
— DON BROCO (@DONBROCO) November 27, 2017
“We are pleased to report that recent accusations made against Rob have now been publicly retracted and an unreserved apology issued. We accept this apology in the spirit it was made and would like to draw a line under this whole matter so we can all move on.
We are aware that the person who made the apology has received abuse. We consider abusive behaviour to be totally unacceptable so please don’t intimidate anyone in our name. We ask everyone to respect that this apology has been accepted and we consider the matter closed.”
The band’s third full-length album, ‘Technology’, is scheduled for release on February 2nd 2018 through SharpTone Records.
For those who are currently facing or are survivors of sexual abuse, harrassment 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