American hip hop outfit BROCKHAMPTON have parted ways with band member Ameer Vann (pictured left), after he was accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women.
In a statement, the group say they have cancelled their upcoming US tour dates in order to “go home and regroup”.
“Ameer is no longer in BROCKHAMPTON. We want to sincerely apologize to the victims affected by Ameer’s actions,” they say.
“We were lied to, and we’re sorry for not speaking up sooner.
“We do not tolerate abuse of any kind. This is not a solution to their suffering, but we hope this is a step in the right direction.”
Vann’s removal from BROCKHAMPTON comes after the group addressed the allegations against him for the first time last week, with frontman Kevin Abstract taking to Instagram to raise questions about the group’s upcoming album and tour.
Vann was a founding member of BROCKHAMPTON, which formed in 2015. He also appeared on the cover of all three albums in their 2017 SATURATION trilogy.
In a series of tweets following the initial wave of allegations against him, Vann said, “In response to the claims of emotional and sexual abuse: although my behavior has been selfish, childish, and unkind, I have never criminally harmed anyone or disrespected their boundaries.
“I have never had relations with a minor or violated anybody’s consent.”
BROCKHAMPTON are still scheduled to perform at Listen Out festival in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane this September. Read the band’s statement about Ameer Vann, below.
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— BROCKHAMPTON (@brckhmptn) May 27, 2018