NEWS: Mike Fuentes decides to “step away” from Pierce The Veil following allegations!

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Following a series of allegations that surfaced online and came to light over the past few weeks in relation to Pierce The Veil drummer Mike Fuentes, the band have now issued a statement confirming that he has decided to “take a break” and to “step away” from the band for the foreseeable future.

The allegations in question initially came to light via Twitter on November 14th, and are related to an anonymous source and shared by a close friend. In the tweets, the anonymous source goes into detail regarding a relationship/friendship that she shared with Mike until 2010, with an excerpt of which saying, “I could go on about all the times we did it and got naked on AIM messenger’s iChat… but to save time, as this lasted until I turned 18, I won’t go into detail. We stopped speaking in 2010, after a really drunken night put me a very weird position with him. I was embarrassed, I’m sure he wanted nothing to do with me. And here I have been holding on to this abuse of power for nearly ten years.”

You can read the tweets in question below.

Pierce The Veil published their statement in response to these allegations via their official Facebook page (which can be read below), which also includes a response from Mike directly. As a result of Mike stepping down from the band for the foreseeable future, the band have confirmed they have decided to pull out of their forthcoming scheduled tour dates in the UK supporting All Time Low.

“From the day we started this band, the four of us agreed that we not only wanted to write and play songs together for the rest of our lives, but we also wanted to build a strong community through our music and provide a safe place for ourselves and our fans to express our shared values through creativity, open-mindedness, love and respect. Over the last ten years we have accomplished that and so much more with the help of our incredible fans. The bond that we share in this community is stronger than we could have ever imagined and is truly our pride and joy.

Recently, an allegation was made about Mike from an anonymous source pertaining to events dating back nearly ten years ago. We are taking this allegation seriously and would like to share the steps we are taking in response. Below are a few words from Mike.

“I’m of course aware of the allegation made about me from almost ten years ago, and I cannot begin to describe how difficult and disturbing this entire situation has been for everyone involved. I do not take this allegation lightly and would never downplay it. I have empathy for any human being who has experienced abuse or mistreatment in their lives, and I am inspired to see so many come forward and speak out about it. No one should have to suffer in silence, and I am thankful that the world is finally starting to listen. I also want to assure you that I have never intentionally manipulated or abused anyone in my life. That is not the person I am, how I was raised, or the type of behavior that I condone. I strongly believe in the empowerment of abuse victims, so if I have ever made anyone feel like they are less than equal, I am sincerely sorry.

I love playing music more than anything on earth, and I am constantly humbled by the support of our fans. I do not want the allegation surrounding me to negatively affect the reputation or future of the band, or to break the bond and trust that we have created with our fans over the years. So, I have decided to take a break and step away from my position in the band in hopes that this will allow my band mates and fans to continue focusing on the music and message that Pierce The Veil stands for. Though I am far from perfect, I do have a moral compass and try to stand up for what is right. While away from the band, I will continue to work hard to live my life in that way.”

Since the allegation first surfaced, our band has discussed how we can ensure the PTV community is always a safe environment. We’ve made many efforts over the years to protect our fans, and we can and will do more. We believe in creating spaces where people can seek help for any issues they are struggling with and provide resources and tools to help.

As a band, we are respecting Mike’s decision to take break and step away. Unfortunately, without a core member of the band, we will be respectfully withdrawing from the upcoming U.K. tour with All Time Low. We promise our fans that we will be back again very soon.”

Any further news and updates regarding the situation will be confirmed as it develops.