Ruben Gallego, the guitarist who recently parted ways with US punk band Beach Slang, has responded to allegations of sexual assault.
The band announced yesterday (October 11) that they had parted ways with Gallego following the claims over actions that “occurred four years ago and prior to him joining” the group. While they “want to believe Ruben”, the band said that “we cannot in good conscience continue with him”.
Now Gallego (pictured above, back left) has responded to the allegations in a statement issued to Pitchfork. He says that while he feels the claims are “inaccurate” he admits that “it’s totally possible for people to see a situation completely differently”.
Gallego says: “I’d like to say that what’s important to me is that people stand with survivors and that we continue to foster an environment where people aren’t afraid to speak out against their abusers.”
“Although I do feel like what’s being said about me is inaccurate it’s irrelevant. I think it’s totally possible for people to see a situation completely differently and if this person feels I harmed them then that’s what I care about and I want to make that right.”
“I also care deeply about how this affects other victims of sexual assault specifically the ones who attend Beach Slang shows and felt that sticking around would further isolate them.”
“[Band members] James [Alex] and Ed [McNulty] are the sweetest most caring people I’ve ever known and I feel they did the right thing and I will always support them.”
Beach Slang have told fans they will be making a donation to RAINN, the world’s largest anti-sexual violence organisation, using proceeds from their latest tour, adding: “We strongly support survivors and organisations such as www.rainn.org and we encourage you to use their resources if you need help.”
They wrote on Facebook and Twitter: “Beach Slang has always been and will always be a safe place for everyone. It has to be. Take care of each other.”
— BEACH SLANG. (@beachslang) October 11, 2016
Explaining that the guitarist’s departure will affect the setup of their imminent live dates, the band also told fans: “Given the timing of this, our only option is to play as Quiet Slang (James solo acoustic).”
Beach Slang are due in the UK in early November for live shows in Glasgow, London, Leeds and Brighton. They released second album ‘A Loud Bash Of Teenage Feelings’ earlier this year.