Long-running Canadian pop group Hedley have been nominated for four Junos and are also scheduled to perform at the awards ceremony in Vancouver on March 25, but many music fans are calling for the band's performance to be cancelled after allegations of sexual misconduct have surfaced online.
The hashtag #outHedley2k18 has surfaced on Twitter, with multiple people accusing members of the band of acting inappropriately with them. Some stories include allegations of the group preying on girls as young as 14.
Twitter user @_cndnpsycho has been sharing anonymous accounts of sexual misconduct allegations lodged against the band. Read some of the anonymous accounts below.
@hansonskate for you and anyone asking for proof. This was just sent to me to share with you. Believe it, don't believe it, either way people are speaking up because it's the right thing to do. Not for fucking attention. pic.twitter.com/FBxoZPB4px— ✨ Kelsey Mae ✨ (@KelseyKMV) February 13, 2018
It's not all anonymous, however. Photographer Kelsey Gie recalled a time when she was 16 years old and frontman Jacob Hoggard allegedly placed her hand on another member's crotch. She even supplied a photo to go with her story.
If you have a creepy Hedley story, please speak out. Jake put my hand on one of their crotches before/kissed me when I was 16 but I know they've done far worse— Kelso (@kelseygie) February 12, 2018
The official Hedley account has been allegedly blocking accounts that speak out about the allegations on Twitter. As a result, numerous people are calling for Hedley to be dropped from the Junos.
Meanwhile, former drummer Chris Crippin appears to have addressed the allegations in a subtle way. Last spring, the band confirmed that he left the band after 11 years, though they didn't provide any other details.
Now, on his own Twitter, Crippin shared the popular Kermit sipping the tea meme, suggesting he sees the allegations and does not want to get directly involved.
We've reached out to representatives of Hedley for comment and will update if and when they respond.
UPDATE (2/13, 4:15 p.m. EST): Allan Reid, president & CEO of CARAS/the Juno Awards and MusiCounts, said in a statement to ET Canada, "We are aware of the serious allegations regarding Hedley and we are following this situation very closely."