1980s power balladeer and one-time punk Belinda Carlisle said it best; heaven is a place …
Embattled nu-metalcore band Alpha Wolf has parted ways with singer Aidan Holmes after allegations of his taking part in a sexual assault surfaced yesterday, according to the band on Facebook.
“Due to the severity of yesterday’s allegations, we have decided it is best for all parties involved for us to not appear at any of our upcoming shows. This includes both Download Festival and The Mortal Coil tour with Polaris,” the statement reads.
Holmes, real name Aidan Ellaz, also addressed fans in the statement:
“In light of what occurred yesterday, I announce that I will step aside from Alpha Wolf so that they may continue on with band commitments. I feel it is my battle and I do not want to drag them through it. This has also made an impact on their lives both personally and professionally.
“Due to the seriousness of the allegations I have not been able to respond or present my version of what actually occurred. This was on the advice of the label, lawyers and the police as this whole matter will now be throughly [sic] investigated. Sadly, because I have chosen to take that advice, some people have deemed me guilty. At this stage I can only say that the evidence and truth will come out in due course. I will now focus solely on what I need to do to assist in the processes.”
Ellaz also went on to condemn assault or violence of any kind. You may read the statement in full below.
Yesterday, Hysteria reported Alpha Wolf had pulled out of their remaining Mono Australian tour shows due to allegations levelled against him by 20-year old Queensland woman Jaye Lunson.
Lunson alleges Ellaz indecently assaulted her in her home after a night out in April last year. Friend Robert Flugge also attests he was witness to these alleged events.
A confidential source supplied witness statements to Hysteria. We also note these witness statements are still as yet unauthenticated.
More to come as it emerges.
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