Hedley speaks out on misconduct allegations: There's a line 'we would never cross'

(Photo via Hedley/Facebook)

The band members of Hedley have spoken out following misconduct allegations that have surfaced from former fans on social media this week.

"We realize the life of a touring band is an unconventional one," a written statement on the Canadian pop band's Facebook page reads. "While we are all now either married or have entered into committed, long-term relationships, there was a time, in the past, when we engaged in a lifestyle that incorporated certain rock and roll clichés. However, there was always a line that we would never cross."

Hedley, fronted by Jacob Hoggard, alongside band members Dave Rosin, Tommy Mac and recent addition Jay Beni, was nominated for four Junos earlier this month. But former fans have since spoken out, using the hashtag #outHedley2k18, to share alleged experiences of misconduct and and request their planned performance be pulled from the show. One Twitter user, identified only as T or the handle @_cndnpsycho, has taken charge to share and retweet accounts of inappropriate experiences. Many who have shared their stories single out Hoggard, and make a point of noting they were underage at the time. These accounts have not been verified, which Hedley points out in their statement.

"All of us in Hedley respect and applaud the #MeToo movement and the open and honest discussion it has inspired," the statement reads. 

"However, if we are to have a meaningful, open and honest discussion, we all have to accept and respect that there are at least two sides to every story. The recent allegations against us posted on social media are simply unsubstantiated and have not been validated."

Shortly after the statement was released, the Juno Awards announced via Twitter the band would not be making their schedule performance at this year's show. 

"After careful consideration of the situation and in discussions with the band, CARAS and Hedley have decided that the band will not be performing at the 2018 JUNO Awards," the tweet reads. 

The band is still scheduled to perform February 14 in Medicine Hat, Alberta, with tour dates scheduled through March 23.

In the meantime, Edmonton radio station Hot 107 took swift action, stating it could not "in good conscience" support Hedley amid these allegations, and was pulling the band from rotation.

And former band member Chris Crippin, who departed the band without explanation in spring 2017, left this sipping tea meme on Twitter as the allegations started surfacing.

Hoggard first rose to fame as a contestant on Canadian Idol in 2004, before subsequently heading up Hedley. The band has released seven studio albums, and been nominated for dozens of Junos and MMVAs.

Online, the discussion has been mixed, as some claim they had heard rumblings of allegations years ago.

Meanwhile, others are defending the band and holding their judgement pending more information.