Canadian pop-rock band Hedley, who face several sexual misconduct and rape allegations, have announced via Twitter that they will take an “indefinite hiatus” when their tour wraps up later this month.
“No excuses are going to be made by any of us,” the band said in the statement.”We clearly have some soul-searching to do. That begins by us saying we are truly sorry, as individuals and as a band, to anyone who has been negatively affected by our behaviour.” Read the full statements below.
Frontman Jacob Hoggard, who has been accused of raping an Ottawa woman in 2016, released his own statement on Twitter. “I have never behaved in non-consensual sexual behaviour in my life,” the statement read. “Ever…. However, over the last 13 years, I have behaved in a way that objectified women.”
The allegations first came to light two weeks ago when the hashtag #outHedley2k18 hashtag appeared on Twitter. Since then, the B.C.-based quartet withdrew their 2018 Juno nominations, were dropped by their management team, the JUNO Awards, their tour openers, Neon Dreams and Shawn Hook, and radio stations, including: CBC, and Corus Radio, and were allegedly being investigated for drugging an underage fan in 2005.
— Hedley (@Hedleyonline) March 1, 2018
— Jacob Hoggard (@JacobHoggard) March 1, 2018