Within the wake of victims of sexual misconduct, harassment and abuse coming forward from throughout the scene, it seems that Suicide Silence frontman Eddie Hermida has also been subject to a series of allegations. Verena Celis, who accused Hermida of “emotionally and sexually manipulating” her while she was 17 and he was 32, also states that the vocalist sent her explicit photographs when she was underage.
The allegations first came to light earlier this week, in which Celis shared a series of screenshots showing conversations that the two shared and exchanged with one another on Twitter, some of which have since been deleted.
Once the allegations started to spread further across social media, Celis shared a more extensive and in-depth statement about the situation, in which she explains how she and Hermida met, and that at one point after sharing Snapchat usernames with one another that he “for some reason just assumed I turned 18. and I was scared to say I was still only 17. He started flirting and sending suggestive pictures of himself. I was in shock. He toyed with me and manipulated me into sending him nudes…”
You can read the full statement made by Celis over on Metal Injection (here).
Following the release of her statement, Hermida has since responded to the allegations by releasing a statement of his own, addressing the accusations that were made and raised by Celis. The statement, which was posted via Suicide Silence‘s official Facebook page, can be read below.
“I apologize, first and foremost, to Verena, that she feels hurt, manipulated, and otherwise distressed by any of our past communication. I want to apologize to the people who support my work as a musician (both the fans and behind the scenes) for the discomfort, distrust, and damage these allegations have caused.
Most importantly, I would ask the music community to abstain from ridiculing, ostracizing, or otherwise harassing this young woman. It’s difficult enough for women to come forward with allegations about the behavior of men under any circumstances.
When Verena told me she’d turned 18, I believed her. I made it clear that our conversations should not be of a sexual nature until that time. However I have learned the lesson, the hard way, that it was wrong to engage in any kind of intimate conversations with someone so much younger than me.
I was raised by a single mom who taught me to be respectful to all women. I am ashamed that I have failed. I hope to earn the respect and approval of our fans and to prove that I am not the person this would seem to suggest.
Now more than ever, the responsibility falls on men to be mindful of our words and actions with people, and to listen to the voices of those who come forward, with respect and dignity.
I am here and I am listening.
– Eddie Hermida”
Since releasing his statement, Celis has since read and responded to it via Twitter, saying “I never said I was 18 but that doesn’t matter because his apology was very mature.”
I have only one thing to say about eddie's response: I never said I was 18 but that doesn't matter because his apology was very mature
— verena (@thyartismxrder) November 17, 2017
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