Brand New frontman Jesse Lacey is the latest figure to become involved in the recent surge of sexual assault allegations. In Lacey’s case, the accusations are of sexual misconduct against a minor.
In a Facebook thread started by guitar tech Brian Diaz (tech for bands such as Guns N’ Roses and Fall Out Boy) earlier this week attempting to confront Lacey for allegedly undertaking in inappropriate behaviour, a woman called Nicole Elizabeth Garey stepped forward claiming that Lacey had ‘solicited nudes’ from her when she was fifteen and he was twenty four, among other things.
You can read the full statement below:
‘YES. He solicited nudes from me starting when I was 15 and he was 24. Manipulated the hell out of me, demanded specific poses/settings/clothing, demeaned me, and made it clear that my sexuality was the only thing I had to offer. He knew what he was doing was shitty so he wouldn’t touch me until I was 19. I should’ve known better by then, but he had screwed me up so much psychologically that all I wanted was his approval. It fucked me up to the point that I STILL have nightmares and wakeup in a sweat. I still breakdown and have panic attacks when people play Brand New in a bar. JESSE LACEY IS A PIECE OF SHIT.
‘And I will tell this story over and over and over and over.
‘And thanks, again, for continually bringing it up. Because I’ve lost friends – male and female – because they think that what he did to me has no bearing on his music. As if those songs are not all about him being a fucking creep.
‘Yeah, unfortunately I didn’t realize that until I was around 25 and had spent some time in rehab. It’s still hard for me to write this or re-read it and not say “I thought I was smarter than that.” I know deep down that it’s more complicated, but it’s just gut-wrenching to even think about. How did I allow that to keep happening? Why didn’t I speak up sooner? I was a kid, but like all teenagers, I thought I was an adult. I was very wrong.
‘And he did tell me he deleted them a couple of weeks after we talked. That’s why he kept asking for more. That’s how I know he knew what he was doing.
‘OH AND YES HE MADE ME WATCH HIM MASTURBATE ON SKYPE. Apparently that’s a common thing with sexual predators. I took screen shots at some point, they’re probably on a computer in my basement if I ever really wanted to rehash my past that much (I don’t think I do).’
As of yet, neither Brand New, nor Lacey specifically have responded or issued a statement.
UPDATE: Lacey has issued a statement responding to the allegations, you can read it here.