Brand New singer Jesse Lacey apologized Saturday amid sexual misconduct allegations — including claims he solicited nude photos from a teenage girl in 2002.
Lacey, 39, penned a lengthy message on the rock band’s official Facebook page saying he was “absolutely sorry” for his past actions, though he did not directly address the accusations against him.
“The actions of my past have caused pain and harm to a number of people, and I want to say that I am absolutely sorry. I do not stand in defense of myself nor do I forgive myself,” he wrote.
“I was selfish, narcissistic, and insensitive in my past, and there are a number of people who have had to shoulder the burden of my failures. I apologize for the hurt I have caused, and hope to be able to take the correct actions to earn forgiveness and trust.”
Lacey continued by admitting a past “addictive relationship with sex” and multiple instances of infidelity, and wrote that he is working on his “self-obsession.”
Accusations against the singer first surfaced Nov. 9 in a Facebook thread seeking stories of confirmation that Lacey was a “creep.”
One woman came forward alleging that Lacey solicited nude photos from her starting in 2002, when she was 15 and he was 24.
“(He) manipulated the hell out of me, demanded specific poses/settings/clothing, demeaned me and made it clear that my sexuality was the only thing I had to offer,” she wrote. “He knew what he was doing was sh—y so he wouldn’t touch me until I was 19.”
The woman also claimed Lacey asked her to watch him masturbate over Skype.
“I STILL have nightmares and wake up in a sweat. I still break down and have panic attacks when people play Brand New in a bar,” she added.
The popular Long Island-based band is currently touring in the UK, and will head back to North America in late November.
The band’s UK opener, pop group Martha, announced Saturday it will be pulling out of scheduled shows in light of the allegations.
“Support survivors always,” Martha wrote on Twitter.