Over the weekend, in response to a girl who got here ahead with allegations that he solicited nude photographs from her when she was underage and compelled her to look at him masturbate over Skype, Model New frontman Jesse Lacey posted a message on Fb, apologizing for inappropriate issues he had achieved up to now, explaining how he has tried to alter, and—maybe most significantly—implying that the allegations are true. Since then, Model New has introduced that it’s suspending an upcoming string of tour dates within the U.Okay. and Eire, with a short Fb publish merely explaining that it’s due to “the occasions of the previous few days” and that refunds can be found on the unique level of buy. Contemplating that the band had been teasing an impending breakup even earlier than these accusations, although, it appears potential that Model New would possibly by no means really reschedule these exhibits.
That appears much more possible now, with Pitchfork reporting that one other lady, Emily Driskill, has come ahead with related allegations. She was 16 when she met Lacey in 2002, and she or he was a Model New fan working as a live performance photographer and journalist. She informed Pitchfork that Lacey made “plenty of feedback” about her physique after they first did an interview collectively, and sooner or later after that he allegedly started asking for nude photographs and would instruct her to look at “numerous masturbatory video classes.” She additionally says that he would threaten to tug her entry to the band if she ever refused, and he allegedly subjected her to “a number of situations of coercion throughout bodily intimate conditions.”
Pitchfork additionally talked to Nicole Elizabeth Garey, the lady whose accusations prompted Lacey’s apology, and she or he says she additionally met him whereas taking photographs of the band at a present. She says Lacey requested for her e mail handle after the present and later started to regularly ask for nude photographs of Garey—who was simply 15 after they met. Garey informed Pitchfork she didn’t understand there was something fallacious with it on the time as a result of she was “flattered” that the singer of certainly one of her favorites bands had taken an curiosity in her. The final time she heard from him was when she was in her early 20s, saying that he referred to as her on Skype whereas he masturbated.
Pitchfork says it spoke with a number of individuals who confirmed the tales of each girls, together with somebody who used to work with Model New.