Earlier today, Capsize cancelled their immediate touring and removed guitarist Nick Lopez from their lineup following a sexual misconduct accusation. Now, more alleged victims have come forward with accusations against other members of the band, specifically vocalist Daniel Wand.
Here’s the band’s original statement:
“We are aware of the accusation surfaced last night about the band. The member that has been called out has been removed from our line up.
That being said, we are going to take some time to regroup and figure out how to move forward. Our upcoming tour is canceled. We hope everyone finds their own peace.”
Lopez also issued his own statement:
“Last year, I had what I thought at the time was a consensual interaction with a woman, until I heard last night that she felt I had pressured her into sex.
At first, I felt confused, because every interaction we had after the fact felt normal. After processing it for a moment, I understand that it is not my place to judge whether or not she felt pressured, and if there is any doubt in her mind then I must take her at her word.
At this time, I feel that I need to reevaluate what I know about communication and consent, and I should not have a platform to perform music professionally.
I’m so sorry for the pain I caused, and I know that I am not the victim here. There is no good way to apologize, but my regret is deep and real and I hope this is a learning moment for me. I will answer questions in my dm’s from friends.
Alternative Press also shared screenshots from Lopez’s alleged victim:
Various Twitter users have since accused Wand of sexual misconduct as well, including some who were between the ages of 16 and 17, while the singer was between the ages of 20 and 23:
The corresponding Twitter user also added:
“It’s saddening to come to the realization that there are people in this industry that will use their status to take advantage of their own fans. I urge everyone, especially those who are pre-teen to teen age, to be hazardous when meeting your idols. I met Daniel in person when I was 16, and I thought the world of him. Band members can seem flawless in every way hidden behind posters and lyrics, which paints the perfect image that they’ll automatically be the best person you ever meet, especially at a young, impressionable age. However, they are just humans. They’re another stranger. Protect yourselves.”
[via Alternative Press]