BOSTON (CelebrityAccess) Founding member Ameer Vann has dropped out of the hip-hop boy band Brockhampton following multiple accusations of misconduct.
“Ameer Vann – not only is he a predator and cheater.. he also degrades women, makes forceful advances and does not ease up when asked, is emotionally abusive, uses girl, v manipulative, has sex with underage/legal fans,” one woman wrote on Twitter May 11.
“I’m in complete shock that this is finally coming to light, but I dated him and can confirm that Ameer Vann of Brockhampton is emotional manipulative and mentally abusive. AND can confirm he was having sex with a minor before he dated me in 2015,” wrote another May 12.
I can’t find the original tweets from @tayallard & @GIGlNOTHADID bc I’m in complete shock that this is finally coming to light, but I dated him and can confirm that Ameer Vann of Brockhampton is emotional manipulative and mentally abusive. #MeToo
— rhett rowan (@rhettrowan) May 12, 2018
And a third: “I’ve been SO afraid to say anything because of the huge fanbase, and since I’m a musician I don’t want it to seem like I’m trying to ride coattails. But ex members of BH have since reached out and said they’re sorry for witnessing it & not say anything.”
Vann said in a statement that his behavior has been untoward, he denied criminal sexual assault accusations.
“In response to the claims of emotional and sexual abuse: although my behavior has been selfish, childish, and unkind, I have never criminally harmed anyone or disrespected their boundaries,” he tweeted. “I have never had relations with a minor or violated anybody’s consent.”
Brockhampton has issued the following statement:
— BROCKHAMPTON (@brckhmptn) May 27, 2018
“Ameer is no longer in BROCKHAMPTON,” the band said in a Twitter statement. “We want to sincerely apologize to the victims affected by Ameer’s actions. We were lied to, and we’re sorry for not speaking up sooner.
“We do not tolerate abuse of any kind. This is not a solution to their suffering, but we hope this is a step in the right direction.
“We are going to cancel the remaining dates of our current US tour to go home and regroup.”
The band, now composed of vocalists Kevin Abstract, Matt Champion, Merlyn Wood, Dom McLennon, Joba and Bearface, played Boston Calling festival this weekend without Vann and stood in silence during his lyrics, according to the Independent newspaper.
— suzy (@suzycrabgras) May 27, 2018
Brockhampton’s new album, Puppy, has reportedly been pushed back from its June release date.