In recent weeks, more and more victims of sexual harassment and misconduct have come forward with their allegations both within and outside of the music scene. One of the stories that has been shared has been aimed towards Max Weeks, the drummer for British skate punk rockers, Gnarwolves.
The allegations made towards Weeks came to light on Monday (November 13th 2017) by a woman named Kat via Twitter, who in her story stated that she was “repeatedly groped” and that he attempted to take her to his van when she was “too drunk to stop it.”
You can find Kat‘s tweet embedded below, which includes her full story that she came forwards and shared.
2013. Gnarwolves’ drummer repeatedly groped me at an afterparty & tried to take me to their van when I was too drunk to stop it. pic.twitter.com/FCbAbBLWtW
— ✨kat✨ (@ntyrbbygrl) November 13, 2017
Kat‘s tweet soon spread across social media, and now Weeks has posted a statement addressing the allegations directly via the band’s official Facebook page.
You can find and read the full statement issued by Weeks in response to the allegations below.
I want to respond to recent comments made against myself. Whilst many of you may not have seen this and the temptation therefore is to bury our heads and hope it goes away, this is not who we are or what we believe in.
Last night it came to my attention that a person named Kat has made a statement that they were groped and verbally abused by me at a nightclub in Glasgow in 2013. Obviously there is absolutely no excuse for this kind of behaviour and I want to take the opportunity to publicly apologise. I have also reached out to Kat to apologise personally.
I always hoped Gnarwolves was the kind of band that could be approached by people if they felt that they had been treated inappropriately. The fact that it has taken so long for Kat to feel comfortable to speak out means that this isn’t the case and is indicative of the seriousness of the situation. I apologise whole-heartedly for this and for any pain the way I acted has caused.
Over the past couple of years as men we have learned some serious lessons about the terrible things women experience at the hands of men on a regular basis. Lad culture in rock music is toxic and absolutely unacceptable and we have spent a lot of time examining and attempting to improve on our past behaviour. Being an entitled dick is not punk rock. We still have a lot to learn and wish to actively support and listen to people that are helping to make a positive change in our society. We really don’t want to be a part of the problem.
I would like to take the opportunity to say that it is important not to blame victims in these circumstances. Clearly, there is a problem with the way men treat women and we need to be able to have an open dialogue about it. People that have been wronged should be able to speak out without negative consequences to themselves. I clearly fucked up here and I applaud Kat for having the courage to speak out. I hope this apology will go some way to repairing the damage that my past behaviour has caused.
I am truly sorry. This is inexcusable behaviour that we absolutely don’t condone and hope doesn’t completely tarnish our intentions to treat all people with the respect and dignity that they deserve. I know more was expected of us and I’m sorry to let you down. Moving forward, we will be more considerate as individuals and collectively.
Thank you for taking the time to read this.
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