CJ McCreery (Ex-Lorna Shore) Responds To Past Sexual Misconduct And Abuse Allegations

Late last year, CJ McCreery was fired from Lorna Shore following allegations of sexual misconduct and abuse. Now, the vocalist has officially commented on the accusations.

McCreery said the following:

“Hey everybody, it’s been a while. I hope everyone is doing well and staying safe out there. I have been absent on all social medias for quite some time now, but today I finally feel ready and strong enough to speak up about the accusations you may have heard about me.

There are many reasons why I chose to stay silent through everything from the day it all started, all the way up until now. Not defending myself was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do, but with how fast everything happened, how quickly the accusations were being spread, and how many people were believing them, I felt that saying anything at all in the midst of everything wouldn’t even matter.

I was immediately getting death threats, hateful messages, awful articles being written about me, and so on. I decided it was best for my safety and mental health to unplug from all the negativity and surround myself with family and close friends.

I want to start by saying that the accusations made against me are extremely serious and I do not take them lightly. I totally get why some people may have read the articles about me and had a very strong negative opinion afterwards but i can assure you that these accusations are all lies and were fueled by my two exes due to being broken up with.

I do not want to stigmatize anyone for speaking up when they believe something they see or have experienced is/ was wrong. I also am by no means attacking anyone for having mental health issues.

I fully support people who want to address toxic and problematic behaviors in others and nobody should ever feel scared or embarrassed to seek help for their mental health issues. With that said, you cannot believe everything you read online posted by someone’s ex.

I decided to make a video to share what our break-ups were actually about and show the actual texts exchanged at the time of the breakups, along with other crucial texts to help further show that what’s being said about me is false.

Ideally, I would not have to do this, but both Nicole and Morgan never responded to my lawyers’ 3 separate attempted contacts reaching out to resolve things privately and I am really not out to get anyone or cause more drama. I just want the truth out there. So here is what happened.

Nicole and i were on and off for years. When I last broke up with Nicole, it was very upsetting for her. Far from cutting me out of her life for being “abusive” or anything of that nature, when I broke up with her, she was devastated, had nothing but good things to say about me, told me that she had strong feelings for me that she had been hiding, and confessed that hating me was easier than admitting she missed me every time she tried coping with us being apart all of the other times in the past.

That coping mechanism became very clear in an extreme way as soon as I started dating someone else. Nicole became spitefully irrational and started falsely characterizing her relationship with me as abusive in an attempt to ruin me and my next relationship.

I am still not sure why she hid her feelings from me or would rather hate me than just be honest about our breakup, but once I found out there was an unhealthy imbalance of mixed emotions that were not going to work out, I did the right thing and bowed out of her life on what I thought would be amicable terms.

Everything Nicole and I did sexually was 100% consensual, and many times in the past when we were broken up or not on speaking terms, she would continue to contact me, smother me, and ask me to do those particular things with her to either win me back or to just simply hang out with me.

I have dozens of saved text messages to that effect but i think sharing any more than what i’ll already be showing in the video would be in poor taste. I am disappointed and very hurt that she mischaracterized our relationship and our break up, but I wish her well.

I also ended things with my most recent ex, Morgan, due to long distance (and also due to the damper Nicole’s harassment and twitter posts put on myself and morgans relationship). Morgan is an online public figure that makes some of her money through social media.

Because of that, Morgan was worried about public perception when Nicole lashed out on twitter falsely labeling me as a sexual/ physical abuser, ect… Cancel culture does not exactly slow down and wait for the facts and unfortunately I was immediately labeled as all of the awful words being pinned on me, so Morgan immediately started to receive backlash just for being in a relationship with me and defending me.

As the pressure mounted, Morgan began to reverse course for the sake of publicity. I could not be with someone who would privately tell me that she did not believe a word of what Nicole was saying about me online while she publicly held out a façade of solidarity with people she did not actually believe for the sake of appearances on the internet.

When I finally broke up with Morgan and cut all ties for good, it was easy for her to make amends with her detractors by hopping on the cancel culture bandwagon to protect her brand even though she had already told me herself that she did not believe a word of what Nicole was saying and that she never experienced those situations with me in our relationship. Sadly thats where i am today and how all of this started.

All in all, I was naïve about how much people value perception over facts and how far people can manipulate things online with a handful of Tweets. I learned a lot going through this whole situation. I’ve had a lot of time to think and work on myself.

I can fully admit that I am still growing as a person and need to be more careful, mindful of people’s emotions, mental health, and be more selective about who I involvement myself with, but when it comes to the gist of all the variants of extreme “abuser” accusations levied against me, i am innocent and the text messages in my video will speak for themselves.

What’s done is done, so all I can do is take it, grow from it, learn from it, move on from this and be the best person I can be. I will continue to learn, grow, and better myself each day and leave all of this behind me.

I want nothing more than to just simply get back to living a normal life again. This has been an extremely dark time in my life and I can’t fathom going on anymore this way. I hope that this post and my video showcasing the texts will provide some context to change a lot of minds about what has been said about me.

To everyone that has been there for me and supported me through all of this, thank you. To everyone who texted me and called me when everything went down to make sure I was okay, thank you. To those that stood by my side and reassured me that things would get better and made sure that I stayed strong, thank you.

To those who found ways to contact me via email, letters, snapchat, video game DM’s, and even PayPal to share words of kindness and support, thank you. Every single person who stood by my side and didn’t give up on me, supported me, defended me and believed in me, you are the reason I am still here today and writing this. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.”

The video he mentioned can also be found below:

Lorna Shore Appear To Have Recruited Vocalist Will Ramos (Monument Of A Memory)

Lorna Shore kicked off their European tour with Decapitated, Beyond Creation, Ingested, and Viscera in Berlin, Germany earlier today (March 6) and it appears that Will Ramos (Monument Of A Memory, ex-A Wake In Providence) has been recruited to handle vocals for the trek. This news comes after the group fired frontman CJ McCreery due to sexual abuse allegations. It is unclear if Ramos is just filling in or if his addition to the band will be permanent.

[via Lambgoat]

Lorna Shore Premiere “King Ov Deception” Video

Lorna Shore have premiered a new video for their song “King Ov Deception.” This track is from the band’s new album “Immortal,” which was released today (January 31). The group’s decision to release the record as planned has been met with some controversy due to it containing vocals from former frontman CJ McCreery, who was fired after a number of women accused him of sexual abuse and more. Drummer Austin Archey commented:

“To celebrate the release day of ‘Immortal,’ we have for you the official music video for ‘King Ov Deception.’ The video was shot in late 2019 by our long time collaborator Joey Durango. He worked hard to make us a beautiful visual for this song, and we hope you enjoy it.”

Lorna Shore Guitarist Adam De Micco On New Album “Immortal”: “This Record Is So Much Bigger Than The Noise That Is Surrounding It”

Lorna Shore will be releasing their new album “Immortal” on Friday (January 31), but the record has been met with some controversy due to it containing vocals from former frontman CJ McCreery, who was fired after a number of women accused him of sexual abuse and more. Guitarist Adam De Micco has since commented on the band’s decision to release it, saying the effort “is so much bigger than the noise that is surrounding it.”

De Micco said the following:

“’Immortal’ comes out on Friday and I have a ton to say regarding the release of this record.

I’ve been doing my best to be as positive and calm in the midst of all of the noise around this album. The more I attempt to be quiet the harder it gets.

Lorna Shore has been something I have been fighting for for the past 10 years. It wasn’t an established band I joined, it wasn’t some well off band on the way up. I came in at the bottom. The bottom as in VFW shows that 20 people were at.

Since that point in time I have fought for it day in and day out. From when members come and go, when a record needs to be written, from when anything goes south, I’m always there to pick up the pieces.

Point I’m getting at is I fight tirelessly for this. I put everything on the table and there isn’t a soul who has been involved with me can deny this.

@austinarchey_ and I worked to the bone to make this record happen. It was him and I working on these songs by ourselves. It was only him and I in the studio making this record happen. We came up with the title “Immortal” before any note was written because it’s how we felt about the band. Both came to each other with that out of no where. Wasn’t anything to do with the song. The song came from the image we created.

The symbol you get tattooed, the artwork you see before you, the fact that this is coming out on a label (or even coming out at all). All of which was done by him and I.

This has always been our album. This has always been our band. This is us putting out something for the world to hear. Nothing more than putting our stamp on the metal world. We’ve never done this for nothing other than our artistic expression.

What we ask is listen to this from a neutral standpoint. Not from the drama around the vocalist, or how it wasn’t put on when you wanted it, or re-recorded vocals, to instrumentally.

Listen to it as is. Listen to it from a place of art and a place of this is music. Period. This record is so much bigger than the noise that is surrounding it in our eyes. It would be a shame that the work we put into goes to waste. I love you all. Thanks for reading.”

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“Immortal” comes out on Friday and I have a ton to say regarding the release of this record. . . I’ve been doing my best to be as positive and calm in the midst of all of the noise around this album. The more I attempt to be quiet the harder it gets. . . Lorna Shore has been something I have been fighting for for the past 10 years. It wasn’t an established band I joined, it wasn’t some well off band on the way up. I came in at the bottom. The bottom as in VFW shows that 20 people were at. . . Since that point in time I have fought for it day in and day out. From when members come and go, when a record needs to be written, from when anything goes south, I’m always there to pick up the pieces. . . Point I’m getting at is I fight tirelessly for this. I put everything on the table and there isn’t a soul who has been involved with me can deny this. . . @austinarchey_ and I worked to the bone to make this record happen. It was him and I working on these songs by ourselves. It was only him and I in the studio making this record happen. We came up with the title “Immortal” before any note was written because it’s how we felt about the band. Both came to each other with that out of no where. Wasn’t anything to do with the song. The song came from the image we created. . . The symbol you get tattooed, the artwork you see before you, the fact that this is coming out on a label (or even coming out at all). All of which was done by him and I. . . This has always been our album. This has always been our band. This is us putting out something for the world to hear. Nothing more than putting our stamp on the metal world. We’ve never done this for nothing other than our artistic expression. . . What we ask is listen to this from a neutral standpoint. Not from the drama around the vocalist, or how it wasn’t put on when you wanted it, or re-recorded vocals, to instrumentally. Listen to it as is. Listen to it from a place of art and a place of this is music. Period. This record is so much bigger than the noise that is surrounding it in our eyes. It would be a shame that the work we put into goes to waste. I love you all. Thanks for reading.

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Lorna Shore Premiere New Song “King Ov Deception”

Lorna Shore have premiered a new song titled “King Ov Deception.” This track is from the band’s new album “Immortal,” which will be released on January 31. The group’s decision to release the record as planned has been met with some controversy due to it containing vocals from former frontman CJ McCreery, who was fired after a number of women accused him of sexual abuse and more.

Lorna Shore To Release New Album “Immortal” With Former Frontman CJ McCreery’s Vocals

As previously reported, Lorna Shore recently fired CJ McCreery after several women accused the vocalist of sexual abuse and more. Despite this, the band have now confirmed that they are still planning to release their new album, “Immortal,” on January 31.

The group commented:

“Lorna Shore wants to take a moment to thank all our fans and the metal community for all of your support while we have been dealing with the aftermath of our recent decision to move forward without CJ McCreery on vocals.

Today, we are announcing that we, in conjunction with the understanding and incredibly supportive people at Century Media Records, have made the decision to release our new album, ‘Immortal‘ on January 31, 2020 as planned. The decision was something we did not take lightly. We have already begun the search for a new vocalist, and we have EVERY INTENTION to continue Lorna Shore stronger than ever.

Our fans and the metal community have been extremely patient through multiple delays surrounding this album. You’ve waited long enough. It makes no sense to scrap or revise the record with new vocals, which was a feeling shared by both the band and label.

So to be clear – Lorna Shore is all systems go. We will have further announcements regarding a new vocalist as soon as possible. Europe/UK tour with Decapitated is happening. Don’t believe anything you hear unless you hear it from us. We won’t let you down.

–Adam DeMicco, Austin Archey and Andrew O’Connor“

Lorna Shore Cancel Immediate Shows

Lorna Shore have cancelled their January dates in Asia. This news comes after vocalist CJ McCreery was recently fired following allegations of sexual abuse and more.

The group commented:

“ASIA :

We are deeply saddened to announce that we will NOT be playing the shows we had scheduled there this month. Ourselves, and the booking agent tried everything we could to make this happen, but unfortunately it just couldn’t work.

We promise to be back soon. We love you all and are very sorry we couldn’t make this happen.

Edit: everyone asking about the album/future. you will know when we know. at this moment, there are discussions but nothing we can comment on.

all we ask is please be patient.
this will all be addressed soon.”

Lorna Shore Officially Welcome Andrew O’Connor To The Band

Lorna Shore have officially welcomed Andrew O’Connor to the band. This news comes as the group are preparing to release their new album “Immortal” on January 31.

Lorna Shore commented:

“hey all. we feel it is time to announce that our good friend Andrew O’Connor has officially joined the LS family. For those who have seen us tour this year, he has been apart of those live performances which we feel have been the best and most confident we have ever felt on stage.

His skill level and energy are something we have wanted in this band for a long time and the future of Lorna Shore has become even brighter with the addition of Andrew. He stepped up for us in one of the toughest times and continues to do so every step of the way.

Everyone, please welcome Andrew O’Connor!!”

Lorna Shore Premiere “Immortal” Music Video

Lorna Shore have premiered a new video for the title track of their new album “Immortal” (out January 31). The band commented:

“‘Immortal‘ is an accurate representation of where the band has matured to. It was the last song we wrote for the album and ended up being the most challenging song to write. It truly shows the band’s maturity and willingness to grow and expand outside our comfort zones. Whatever we normally would do on a song, we strayed away from and ideas we always wanted to do, we leaned into. This song is an entire culmination of who we are and where the band is headed.”