Published Jul 22, 2020Earlier this week, Lydia Night of the Regrettes penned an open letter about her experience with sexual coercion and emotional abuse at the hands of SWMRS drummer Joey Armstrong. Now, Armstrong has responded with his own statement.
Armstrong — the son of Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong — has addressed the allegations, saying that while he doesn't agree with Night's account of the events, he apologizes for his actions anyway.
"It's important that she be allowed to say them and that she be supported for speaking out," he wrote in the post. "I respect her immensely and fully accept that I failed her as a partner. I was selfish and didn't treat her the way she deserves to have been treated both during our relationship and in the two years since we broke up."
He continued: "I have apologized to her privately and I hope she can forgive me, if and when she is ready to do so. I own my mistakes and will work hard to regain the trust that I lost."
Night's allegations against Armstrong follow a wave of accusations from numerous individuals against label reps and artists affiliated with Burger Records, a company that has since completely shut down in response to the situation.
Previously, Night detailed her relationship with a then 22-year-old Armstrong, which she claimed began when she was "very publicly" 16 years old. She alleges that Armstrong asked her to keep their relationship a secret — from the public, as well as her parents, friends and therapist — as the nature of their partnership had turned sexual.
"For so long I viewed it just as being toxic and not something valid enough to share but now I know that what I actually experienced was emotional abuse and sexual coercion by someone in a position of power over me," she explained.
"It's important to me that Joey and his entire band are held accountable to fully understand that even though they may view themselves as 'good guys' they are continuing to perpetuate the exact toxic culture they are trying to call out."
Night also accused the rest of the members of SWMRS of exerting power and trying to "punish her" following her breakup with Armstrong. SWMRS have since issued a response to the allegations via their Twitter account, vaguely citing "the Patriarchy" as the root cause for their actions.
See the full accounts from the involved parties below.
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