Brand New frontman Jesse Lacey issued a lengthy yet vague apology following accusations that he engaged in sexual misconduct with minors when he was in 20s.
The singer-guitarist admitted he was an “habitual cheater” in a post published on Brand New’s Facebook account Saturday, and apologized for pain he caused to his wife and members of his family.
″The actions of my past have caused pain and harm to a number of people, and I want to say that I am absolutely sorry,” Lacey wrote. “I was selfish, narcissistic, and insensitive in my past, and there are a number of people who have had to shoulder the burden of my failures.”
Lacey revealed he had undergone treatment for what he described as a “dependent and addictive relationship with sex,” but failed to directly address allegations he engaged in sexual activity with minors.
“I have been unfaithful in many, if not most of my relationships, including the relationship with my wife,” Lacey wrote. “I am sorry for how I have hurt people, mistreated them, lied, and cheated. I am sorry for ignoring the way in which my position, status, and power as a member of a band affected the way people viewed me or their approach to their interactions with me.”
The allegations against Lacey followed a Facebook post this month by Brian Diaz, a former guitar technician for Brand New, in which he called for victims to come forward. The post came amid a wave of sexual harassment and assault accusations against film producer Harvey Weinstein and other entertainment, media and political personalities.
“So while we are on the topic of outing famous and semi-famous creeps, anyone want to speak up about Jesse Lacey from Brand New?” Diaz wrote in the post.
Several women responded, including Nicole Elizabeth Garey, who accused Lacey of asking her to send him nude photos of her when she was 15 and he was 24. She also said he forced her to watch him masturbate over Skype.
Lacey “made it clear that my sexuality was the…