Det amerikanska pop-punkbandet avslöjar att de avskedade gitarristen Steve Klein förra året efter pedofilanklagelser.
Förra året avskedades gitarristen Steve Klein från NEW FOUND GLORY och bandet uppgav då ”personal differences” som orsak till beslutet. Nu har de avslöjat att Klein avskedades efter att han varnat sina bandkollegor om ett kommande åtal mot honom, där han var anklagad för två fall av olämpligt beteende mot minderårig under 14 år, tre fall av olämpligt beteende mot minderårig 14 eller 15 år, ett fall av försök till olämpligt beteende mot minderårig samt innehav av barnpornografi.
I ett uttalande sa bandet följande: “Upon our return from Warped Tour Australia, Steve made us aware of possible allegations that might be made against him. At that point, not knowing all the details, we made the decision to part ways in order for him to deal with these personal issues. Thank you so much to everyone around the globe for always sticking by us. The future is bright”.
Även Kleins advokat, Debra White, har uttalat sig: “Steve Klein is not accused of having any lewd actual physical contact with any minor. All charges against Steve are derived solely from online consensual video chats between Steve and some female strangers he met on an adult website. Steve believed the females were over the age of eighteen. The females alleged to be ‘minors’ are not known females. This means that no one – not the prosecution, not the police and not the defence – actually know who the females are and no one knows their true age. The possession of child pornography charge is based solely on Steve allegedly ‘possessing’ the videos of chats with the female strangers from the adult website. From my many years of experience in this specialty area I wholeheartedly believe that Steve Klein is innocent of all of these charges. Steve is devastated by these accusations. He has lost his band, his livelihood, and his ex-wife continues to push for full custody of his children using this case as her pawn while he literally fights for his life. Despite this heavy hand, Steve remains strong and hopeful that he will be vindicated.”