Hedley Respond to Sexual Misconduct Allegations as Junos Appearance Gets Cancelled
"There was a time, in the past, when we engaged in a lifestyle that incorporated certain rock and roll clichés"
Published Feb 14, 2018Yesterday (February 13), long-running Canadian pop group Hedley were the subject of major online scrutiny after the #outHedley2k18 emerged online. Multiple women accused members of the band of sexual misconduct, urging the Junos to cancel the band's scheduled performance. Now, Hedley have addressed the allegations against them in a new statement, while news has also broke that Junos organizers have axed their performance at the annual awards show.
The Junos has confirmed that it will no longer be including a Hedley performance in the forthcoming ceremony, which takes place in Vancouver on March 25.
"After careful consideration of the situation and in discussions with the band, CARAS and Hedley have decided that the band will not be performing at the 2018 JUNO Awards," organizers announced.
Hedley also addressed the allegations. In a statement posted to their Facebook page, they said that the allegations were "simply unsubstantiated" and "have not been validated."
They also seemingly fessed up to promiscuity on the road, writing, "We realize the life of a touring band is an unconventional one. While we are all now either married or have entered into committed, long-term relationships, there was a time, in the past, when we engaged in a lifestyle that incorporated certain rock and roll clichés. However, there was always a line that we would never cross."
Read Hedley's full statement below.