B.C.’s Hedley responds to online allegations of sexual misconduct

B.C. pop-rock group Hedley has responded to social media allegations of sexual misconduct levelled against the band.

“All of us in Hedley respect and applaud the #MeToo movement and the open and honest discussion it has inspired. We believe these conversations are particularly important within the music industry, which does not exactly have an enviable history of treating women with the respect they deserve,” the statement begins.

“We appreciate the bravery of those who have come forward with their own stories, and we realize that all of us, as individuals and as a society, can and must do better when it comes to this issue.”

Hedley goes on to acknowledge the allegations that have been shared but note that they are “simply unsubstantiated and have not been validated.”

“We would hope that people will bear-in-mind the context in which these unsupported accusations have been made before passing judgment on us as individuals or as a band,” it reads.

The allegations against the band have been shared via re-tweets and direct messages to an anonymous Twitter account. Among those allegations are claims that members of the band had invited extras from a music video shoot back to their hotel room.

I was chosen to be an extra in a #Hedley music video a couple years ago. It was a long thankless day and afterwards a handful of girls were invited back to their hotel room, myself included. They were vulgar and handsy and I left the second I felt uncomfortable. #outHedley2k18

— Maddy Magee (@maddymagee_) February 14, 2018

“They were vulgar and handsy and I left the second I felt uncomfortable,” read a tweet posted by @maddymagee_. The tweet was accompanied by the hashtag #outHedley2k18

Postmedia has not yet been able to independently verify the allegations. A request for comment left with Watchdog Management who …read more

Source:: Vancouver Sun

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