Former Of Mice & Men Frontman Austin Carlile Denies Sexual Assault Allegations

As previously reported, Austin Carlile (ex-Of Mice & Men/Attack Attack!) was recently accused of rape and sexual assault, while Alternative Press were accused of burying the story. Now, Carlile has issued his own statement denying the allegations.

Carlile said the following:

“In my younger years, I absolutely was not the best person, but I have never physically abused, preyed upon, forced myself upon, or drugged any woman. These accusations are false and defamatory.

I am not a perfect person: I smoked marijuana daily, drank often, got into fights and acted like a jerk more times than I can count. I did things and acted in ways that I am not proud of, but never have I violated anyone. These ‘accusations’ being thrown around on social media, in our current ‘cancel culture’ climate, are extremely heinous and completely without merit.

My wife is a molestation and rape survivor, and I have personally seen the deep, long-standing pain that she battles with every day. I have spent years surrendering my flesh over to God, allowing Him to constantly improve who I am as a man, husband, and father. During this past week, I have even had the joy of seeing the heartbeat of my new child for the very first time. Today, I am focused on supporting my pregnant wife, our daughter, this new blessing in our lives, my health, my wife’s health, and striving to be a better person every day.

These accusations have been investigated by the appropriate authorities as well as independent journalists and were determined to be unfounded. I apologize to the Marfan Foundation, I Am Second, my former bandmates and any of our dedicated fans who have been unjustly brought into this controversy and wish them all nothing but the best.

All women deserve to feel safe, supported, and heard, but these unjust attacks upon my family and accusations against me, are decades-old claims that are unfounded.“

Former Of Mice & Men Frontman Austin Carlile Accused Of Sexual Assault, Victim Calls Out Alternative Press For Burying The Story

Austin Carlile (ex-Of Mice & Men/Attack Attack!) has been accused of rape and sexual assault by multiple women. A number of the alleged victims opened up to Alternative Press about the disturbing incidents, but the publication apparently decided to halt the story due to “legal purposes.”

One of the victims, Caitlyn Stiffler, issued the below statement via Facebook:

“Dear Alternative Press,

Remember when over 15 girls shared their stories with you about this serial rapist? Because I do. I was one of them. Now you want to not only share HIS nonsense, but you want to put his name next to Jesus? No, just, no. It’s not okay.

The alternative community has followed you for YEARS. I followed your stories so closely all through high school and watched my artist friends be featured by your magazine. To be contacted by you to share my story, in hopes that it wouldn’t keep happening to other girls, felt like a dream. Finally there was something I could do, considering I was told by law enforcement that there was nothing else I could hope for with no physical evidence. I never thought anyone would believe me or take this seriously, then there was your magazine asking us to share.

He not only raped girls, probably more than anyone even knows about, he was a predator seeking out underage girls by using his position in the music industry to do so. He threatened you with a lawsuit and you backed down. I get it, who would want to be involved in that when you could just… not. That was your choice, a choice none of us had. We can’t just let it go and forget. I for one had hoped that you would at the very least stop featuring him. Guess I was wrong to hope that.

He needs CANCELLED. Get him out of these kids’ faces who believe he’s a good person deserving of recognition. #cancelaustincarlile #austincarlile”

Caitlyn’s husband, Jonathan Stiffler also tweeted about the situation:

Alternative Press have since responded:

Of Mice & Men also issued a statement:

“Yesterday we heard for the first time of an alleged article that was written, and apparently subsequently shelved, regarding a former member of our band.

This individual has not been a member of Of Mice & Men for almost four years and neither the band, nor the team around us, has had any part in suppressing any such article.

We absolutely condemn sexual violence and harassment in any form.

–Aaron, Alan, Tino, Phil“

UPDATE: Alternative Press founder/president Mike Shea has now issued a new statement:

“First, I want to sincerely apologize to the survivors who have felt silenced by us in regard to the allegations made against Austin Carlile.

I wish I could say something to make the pain from abuse go away. And while I realize that my words might come up short for some, it is my hope that you and the survivors can take comfort in the actions we are taking to enact change.

Also, I think it’s time for a change. In light of recent events, and in the current state of culture, we’re going to introduce some new faces to the world. Effective immediately, I’m pleased to announce our new Editor in Chief, Paige Owens, and her counterpart Content Director, Rachel Campbell, who both will bring a new approach to our editorial objectives and policies. The two of them are going to be spearheading the ongoing direction of our content and the initiatives we’ll cover below.

Finally, allow me to sincerely apologize on behalf of Alternative Press for not explaining ourselves before now. To those individuals who have shared their stories with us, we do not condone violence or sexual misconduct in any form, and your story deserves to be told. We understand the potential depth of the hurt, and that it resonates, and we apologize.

We would also like to tell our readers that we are not protecting anybody from legal repercussions. What we are following is the obligation of journalistic due diligence, ethics and integrity. Social media allows us to react quickly and impulsively with great conviction. What it doesn’t do is provide context or the full story.

The Austin Carlile story was never kept “under wraps.” It was not published because we could not check all the boxes we, as journalists, must check. During the period that the allegations surfaced and an investigation began, accusations and scenarios came to light. From the information that we have been able to review, these claims were not verifiable by sources or through official legal documentation (formal complaints, police reports, witnesses, etc).

In addition, some of the individuals we spoke to had changed their position on the story or involvement for a variety of reasons. At several points during the investigations, additional sources who were willing to go on record to corroborate events went silent, canceled interviews, and stopped responding to our follow-ups. There were also people who refused to talk to us at the time who are now saying online they were never approached.

Ultimately, we realize now that perhaps reliving the situation could cause painful feelings for survivors and that’s why they could no longer participate.

We must navigate the “old” world of traditional media and also the “new” world of social media. The former is the time-tested world of journalistic due diligence, where things are investigated and vetted thoroughly. In the latter, social media, where media companies can be thrust into having to make an instantaneous judgment in the span of a URL.

That’s how it works on Twitter, but not in journalism. We chose to not be one of those sites, regardless if it didn’t give immediate satisfaction to our online community and opened ourselves to charges of not caring, which couldn’t be further from the truth.

It doesn’t mean that allegations shouldn’t be taken seriously or that they are not true or that survivors should not be heard. When investigating serious criminal allegations, things such as police reports, documentation, witnesses who will go on the record to corroborate the accusations of others, and industry people who go silent to protect their reputations, can make the process difficult. Despite what we all wish were simply open and closed cases, there are many times a lot of grey areas.

It doesn’t mean the allegations against Austin Carlile are not true. Simply put, we didn’t know all the truth, so we couldn’t tell all the truth. We couldn’t get full cooperation from enough witnesses at the time to get to the truth. We cannot run an allegation without proper and complete vetting as it could open the company to lawsuits.

As a result of our own lessons that we’ve learned over the past 48 hours and current events, we’ve been re-evaluating and acknowledging that our roles as editors and journalists have now changed in this quickly evolving cultural landscape.

We promise to dedicate the necessary resources and time to more in-depth coverage of these serious issues. Yesterday, we created a new editorial committee that will be responsible for the thorough vetting and investigation into future stories such as these. We are also re-evaluating previously posted stories to ensure they are in line with the practices we are adhering to moving forward.

Alongside investigating new allegations, the committee has begun evaluating other previous stories under a new lens.

We are doing all of this to assure survivors that may continue to come forward with accusations, that we will commit resources to report their stories, if possible, and give them the voice that they so deserve.

Again, regarding the Austin Carlile story, we felt we didn’t have enough to go any further. Leading with so much speculation without substantial proof would have compromised the integrity of any information which all of you depend on.

We encourage all of our peers and competitors to take note of these and any future allegations. We hope our sincere apology and advocacy allows all music media outlets to stand up. We all can do better.

We made a mistake, not the survivors. For that, we sincerely apologize.

Please continue to advocate for change.

Thank you for taking the time to read this. We hope to continue to learn and grow alongside all of you to build a safe and accepting music community.

Mike Shea“

Austin Carlile (Ex-Of Mice & Men) Offers His Thoughts On The Current State Of The World, Says Jesus Is “Coming Back Soon”

Austin Carlile (ex-Of Mice & Men) has taken to social media to share his thoughts on the current state of the world. He tweeted the following:

[via The PRP]

Austin Carlile (Ex-Of Mice & Men) Seems To Be Teasing New Music

Former Of Mice & Men frontman Austin Carlile has shared a tease of what appears to be new music. He posted the following:

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Austin Carlile (Ex-Of Mice & Men) Discusses How Religion Has Helped Him In New Mini-Documentary

Austin Carlile (ex-Of Mice & Men) has shared a new mini-documentary on his life, which he recorded for iamsecond.com. The clip features him discussing his battle with Marfan syndrome, the ways religion has helped him, and more.

In other news, Carlile was recently admitted to the hospital once again due to more health issues:

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I was supposed to be on a flight back to Costa Rica right now, but my body had other plans… I was texting my doctor on Friday morning discussing some of the gnarly symptoms I've been struggling with the past few days… he called me right after reading them saying "do not leave the country, get to the hospital immediately." (( in the past he has also told me "don't go the the emergency room, SUCK IT UP, you'll be fine!" )) haha so I trust his medical assessments thoroughly after our relationship these past 7 years of working together. I've been back in Stanford since yesterday morning… Won't go into detail about what they think it could be, but have a few days of testing, testing, and more testing to find out exactly what's happening. No matter what though, I'm at peace knowing I'm in God's hands as I face this new obstacle 🕊👊🏼🖤 @themarfanfoundation #marfansyndrome #chronicillness #chronicpain #nojoke #anotherbattle #GodsWill #GodsPlan

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Austin Carlile (Ex-Of Mice & Men) Shoots Down Rumors Of Joining Linkin Park

Austin Carlile (ex-Of Mice & Men) has shot down the recent rumors that claimed he would be replacing the late Chester Bennington in Linkin Park. The rumor started spreading after fans began making assumptions based on some footage Carlile shared of himself performing with the group during the tour they did together awhile back. After the story was picked up by Loudwire, Carlile responded saying the rumors were false. This news comes after the singer was recently released from the hospital following a surgery related to his battle with Marfan Syndrome.

Austin Carlile (Ex-Of Mice & Men) Released From The Hospital

It was previously revealed that Austin Carlile (ex-Of Mice & Men) was in the hospital due to spinal fluid leaking into his head. Now, he has officially been released following a successful surgery. Carlile has faced numerous health issues over the years due to his battle with Marfan Syndrome.

[via Loudwire]

Austin Carlile (Ex-Of Mice & Men) Offers Hospitalization Update

Austin Carlile (ex-Of Mice & Men), who has been in the hospital due to spinal fluid leaking into his head, has offered a new update on his condition. You can see what he had to say in the below Instagram post. Carlile has faced numerous health issues over the years due to his battle with Marfan Syndrome.

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Day eight update: down to only two IV's in my arms! (have had over 30 "pokes" this week alone haha) Because of my extensive medical experiences over my life my veins are extremely hard to find, get blood, or even keep a line in, because they rupture so easily or just won't take a poke at all. My most crucial areas for contrast lines, IV's, or even the dreaded blood draws every 4 hours, are all hardened with scar tissue. Many times I have to resort to lines in my feet or neck or ultrasound. Add a connective tissue disorder like Marfans Syndrome to the mix? Nightmare. Always my joke with nurses "let's see if you can get an IV to stay in under 8 sticks"… If you frequent hospitals or have multiple treatments monthly you understand… As of yesterday the pouches of fluid in my forehead, eyebrows, sides of head, and skull have been completely drained and removed! Very excited about that, but unfortunately even with all the swelling gone the pressure & pain in skull and spine remains the same. I still have another day of intrevenuous antibiotic treatment, and two more days of similar steroid treatments as well. Will know next steps when those are completed. My specialists also put me on a medication a few days ago that slows the production of whatever enzymes that creates cerebrospinal fluid production in my body, which has proven beneficial to not only the swelling in skull but the pain as well. Tomorrow I will start back with more testing and begin to remove other variables and possibilities of what could be the root of the problem, leak, draining, etc. For many that battle with chronic illness this is just another walk in the park, another hill to climb. It is frustrating at times but I am at peace. Words cannot express, you will never truly understand how much it means to me that all of you have stood by my side even when these same health issues took me from Mice. This small bout came out of nowhere and I will leave it behind just as quickly. God has been working immensely in my life and I have been working on new things that I've poured my entire heart into and cannot wait to share them with you. One step at a time. Grateful. 👊🏼🕊

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Austin Carlile (Ex-Of Mice & Men) Hospitalized For Spinal Fluid Leak

Austin Carlile (ex-Of Mice & Men) has been hospitalized once again due to complications related to his battle with Marfan Syndrome. He said the following about the latest issue, which involves spinal fluid leaking into his head:

“Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leak (have had multiple of them in the past) collecting in my head this time around. Pouches of the fluid are accumulating between my skull & skin leading to swelling in different areas each day. Discover, drain, patch, assessment, repeat. Where, what, why? Infection of said spinal fluid? Intro: intravenous wide spectrum antibiotics administered daily. Observe. More blood cultures, observe. Currently on day five of this, two hospitals, MRI’s, CT scans, X-rays, EKG’s, ultra sounds, blood work, etc. I’m at Stanford University Hospital with my specialists once again for further observation & testing. Was just here Friday for sleep/pain study but had to return when another hospital team couldn’t help my unique case/situation. Another step. Another hurdle Marfan Syndrome throws in my way. Another day I get to kick it in the face & remind it that it doesn’t own me, nor can it keep me down for good 🕊👊🏼”

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Austin Carlile (Ex-Of Mice & Men) Confirms His Return To Music

While responding to fans on an Instagram post he made regarding the Marfan Foundation’s Family Conference, former Of Mice & Men frontman Austin Carlile revealed that he will be returning to music “in the next few months.” Loudwire shared some screenshots of his comments:

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This year's Marfan Annual Family Conference was a great success! Living with Marfan Syndrome has changed my life more than I ever could have imagined. I love being a part of a community of others than actually understand what it is like living daily with a chronic disease and overcoming constant chronic pain. Such a strong group of teens, young adults, parents, and even staff that all have become family to me over my years of working with the foundation. I found out I had Marfan when my mother suddenly passed from an aortic dissection when I was 17… she was only 38… Marfan Syndrome is a very rare and daunting genetic disorder that medical professionals have yet to find a cure for, but knowing there are others battling the same thing brings so much hope and inspiration. The Marfan community are some of the strongest people I know and with the biggest hearts (some literally.) It was a blessing to spend the weekend with our community and meeting new friends as well. Massive gratitude to @themarfanfoundation for allowing me to speak and participate alongside so many wonderful individuals. With a condition that makes you feel very much alone, it's hard to feel that way after leaving our annual conference and forming life long lasting relationships. Everyone has different struggles and battles in life, but those with Marfan Syndrome or related disorders deal with a different type of chronic pain, being lethargic, and a surplus of hip, rib, lung, heart, feet, spine, eye, head and leg issues day in and day out… Warriors. I'm thankful to be a part of such a caring, strong, and persevering community. Victory together. More info on our condition and how you can help us find a cure in the link in my bio: Marfan.org ❤👊🏼🕊

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