Ex-Beach Slang Guitarist Ruben Gallego Responds to Sexual Assault Allegations, Removal From Band
Posted on 12 October 2016
Today, Beach Slang announced that guitarist Ruben Gallego has been removed from the band amid sexual assault allegations. The revelation came hours before the first show on Beach Slang’s tour behind their new album A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings. Gallego has now responded to the allegations, as well as his removal from Beach Slang, in a statement to Pitchfork. Read it below.
I’d like to say that what’s important to me is that people stand with survivors and that we continue to foster an environment where people aren’t afraid to speak out against their abusers.
Although I do feel like what’s being said about me is inaccurate it’s irrelevant. I think it’s totally possible for people to see a situation completely differently and if this person feels I harmed them then that’s what I care about and I want to make that right.
I also care deeply about how this affects other victims of sexual assault specifically the ones who attend Beach Slang shows and felt that sticking around would further isolate them.
James [Alex] and Ed [McNulty] are the sweetest most caring people I’ve ever known and I feel they did the right thing and I will always support them.
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