by Denise Wong Posted Feb 16 2018 650 am PDT

first_img by Denise Wong Posted Feb 16, 2018 6:50 am PDT Last Updated Feb 16, 2018 at 11:51 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Hedley openers drop out of tour, management drops band amid sexual misconduct accusations Summary Hedley performs during the Much Music Video Awards in Toronto on Sunday, June 19, 2016. Canadian rockers Hedley say that recent allegations of sexual misconduct are “unsubstantiated.” The band has posted a message on Facebook to address claims of sexual misconduct involving young fans that emerged on Twitter in recent days.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young TORONTO – One of the opening bands on Hedley’s cross-Canada tour has dropped off the bill saying they “can no longer in good conscience” stick with the rockers.The members of Neon Dreams issued a statement saying they understood their decision could impact their careers but they had to “do what we feel is morally right.”The other tour opener, Shawn Hook, said in a statement late Thursday that he was “obviously disheartened” by sexual misconduct allegations levelled against Hedley but would continue “to fulfil my contractual obligations.”Earlier Friday, Hedley’s management team said it had terminated all “business relationships with the band” and the CBC said it was dropping the group’s music from its radio and streaming platforms.The rockers — fronted by Jacob Hoggard and including Dave Rosin, Tommy Mac and Jay Benison — are under fire in the wake of a flurry of claims from anonymous Twitter users who alleged inappropriate encounters with the band.A statement issued by the group calls the allegations “unsubstantiated.”The Junos also dropped the Vancouver group from the upcoming televised awards bash in what was called a joint decision with the band “after careful consideration of the situation.”Wednesday’s move by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences came shortly after band members issued a statement addressing claims of impropriety involving young fans.“We realize the life of a touring band is an unconventional one,” reads the statement.“While we are all now either married or have entered into committed, long-term relationships, there was a time, in the past, when we engaged in a lifestyle that incorporated certain rock ‘n’ roll cliches. However, there was always a line that we would never cross.”The band said they “respect and applaud the #MeToo movement” and say it is especially important within the music industry, “which does not exactly have an enviable history of treating women with the respect they deserve.”“We appreciate the bravery of those who have come forward with their own stories, and we realize that all of us, as individuals and as a society, can and must do better when it comes to this issue,” says the statement.“However, if we are to have a meaningful, open and honest discussion, we all have to accept and respect that there are at least two sides to every story. The recent allegations against us posted on social media are simply unsubstantiated and have not been validated. We would hope that people will bear-in-mind the context in which these unsupported accusations have been made before passing judgment on us as individuals or as a band.”center_img Related Stories Corus Radio suspends airplay of Hedley in wake of sexual misconduct allegationsFull statement by Hedley on sexual misconduct allegationsHedley taken off Junos program, says sexual misconduct claims ‘unsubstantiated’Vancouver-area band Hedley accused of preying on underage teens Neon Dreams says it decided not to open for Hedley, ‘can no longer in good conscience’ stick with the rockersHedley’s management team said had it terminated all ‘business relationships with the band’ hedley|sexual misconductlast_img read more