Pierce The Veil have issued a statement as drummer Mike Fuentes has parted ways with the band due to allegations of sexual misconduct.
The anonymous claims were made against Fuentes online, and are said to date back to over a decade ago. As a result, he has now stepped away from the band, with Pierce The Veil also cancelled their upcoming UK tour dates with All Time Low. They say that they are taking the allegations very serious.
“I do not want the allegation surrounding me to negatively affect the reputation or future of the band, or to break the bond and trust that we have created with our fans over the years,” said the drummer.
Read a statement from the band below:
“From the day we started this band, the four of us agreed that we not only wanted to write and play songs together for the rest of our lives, but we also wanted to build a strong community through our music and provide a safe place for ourselves and our fans to express our shared values through creativity, open-mindedness, love and respect. Over the last ten years we have accomplished that and so much more with the help of our incredible fans. The bond that we share in this community is stronger than we could have ever imagined and is truly our pride and joy.
“Recently, an allegation was made about Mike from an anonymous source pertaining to events dating back nearly ten years ago. We are taking this allegation seriously and would like to share the steps we are taking in response.”
Mike Fuentes then issued a personal statement of his own:
“I’m of course aware of the allegation made about me from almost ten years ago, and I cannot begin to describe how difficult and disturbing this entire situation has been for everyone involved. I do not take this allegation lightly and would never downplay it. I have empathy for any human being who has experienced abuse or mistreatment in their lives, and I am inspired to see so many come forward and speak out about it. No one should have to suffer in silence, and I am thankful that the world is finally starting to listen. I also want to assure you that I have never intentionally manipulated or abused anyone in my life. That is not the person I am, how I was raised, or the type of behavior that I condone. I strongly believe in the empowerment of abuse victims, so if I have ever made anyone feel like they are less than equal, I am sincerely sorry.
I love playing music more than anything on earth, and I am constantly humbled by the support of our fans. I do not want the allegation surrounding me to negatively affect the reputation or future of the band, or to break the bond and trust that we have created with our fans over the years. So, I have decided to take a break and step away from my position in the band in hopes that this will allow my band mates and fans to continue focusing on the music and message that Pierce The Veil stands for. Though I am far from perfect, I do have a moral compass and try to stand up for what is right. While away from the band, I will continue to work hard to live my life in that way.”
The band then concluded:
“Since the allegation first surfaced, our band has discussed how we can ensure the PTV community is always a safe environment. We’ve made many efforts over the years to protect our fans, and we can and will do more. We believe in creating spaces where people can seek help for any issues they are struggling with and provide resources and tools to help.
“As a band, we are respecting Mike’s decision to take break and step away. Unfortunately, without a core member of the band, we will be respectfully withdrawing from the upcoming U.K. tour with All Time Low. We promise our fans that we will be back again very soon.”
Meanwhile, All Time Low then shared the news and added that they “supported” the band’s decision, as well as wanting to create a “safe, supportive and healthy environment” at gigs:
“Pierce the Veil will no longer be joining us on the UK Arena tour in March. We respect and support their decision to withdraw at this time, and believe in creating a safe, supportive and healthy environment at our shows. For additional information on why Pierce the Veil has exited the tour, please see their statement below. We will be announcing new support very soon, and are looking forward to getting back over to the UK. Thanks.”