PVRIS guitarist Alex Babinski is no longer in the band after being accused of sexual misconduct.
In a statement posted Wednesday morning, PVRIS writes, “We have been made aware of the allegations involving Alex Babinski.”
“We absolutely and emphatically will not tolerate sexual harassment, coercion and all other forms of sexual misconduct — online and offline,” the statement continues. “It is our responsibility to ensure and provide a safe space within the PVRIS community and to believe and support victims and survivors.”
PVRIS adds that, as of Wednesday, Babinski “will no longer be associated” with the band, which now consists solely of frontwoman Lynn Gunn and bassist Brian MacDonald.
“[Babinski] will be handling these matters privately and professionally,” the statement concludes.
In his own statement, Babinski writes that the allegations are “100 [percent] false.”
“I understand that until there is provided clear evidence, I have no way to prove these allegations otherwise,” Babinski says. “I am determined to prove my innocence and am in the process of taking legal action in order to professionally and efficiently clear my name.”
“I respect and honor all victims of sexual misconduct and it’s important for them to come forward and be heard,” he adds. “I respect and understand Lynn and Brian’s decision to part ways with me at this time.”
PVRIS’ new album, Use Me, is due out this Friday.
By Josh Johnson
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