BRAND NEW SEX AC­CU­SA­TIONS

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Al­ter­na­tive rock­ers Brand New on Mon­day halted con­certs fol­low­ing out­rage over a woman’s ac­count that lead singer Jesse Lacey sought naked pic­tures of her when she was un­der­age.

Lacey, 39, apol­o­gized and ac­knowl­edged he had “hurt peo­ple, mis­treated them, lied and cheated” due to a sex ad­dic­tion – but said he has changed af­ter start­ing his own fam­ily. Brand New – whose lat­est al­bum,

Sci­ence Fic­tion, hit No.1 on the US chart – an­nounced it was post­pon­ing shows planned in Bri­tain and Ire­land from this week un­til fur­ther no­tice. The band, from New York’s Long Is­land, re­cently com­pleted a US tour.

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We­in­stein, the band Martha, which had been sched­uled as Brand New’s open­ing act, pulled out of up­com­ing shows, as did Brand New’s tour­ing gui­tarist Kevin Devine.

A woman named Ni­cole Garey said over the week­end that Lacey first ap­proached her in 2002 when she was 15 and he was 24 af­ter he spot­ted her tak­ing pic­tures at a con­cert in Buf­falo, New York.

She wrote on Face­book that the two ex­changed mes­sages, and Lacey even­tu­ally asked her for nude pic­tures and pres­sured her to mas­tur­bate for him over Skype.

“It [messed] me up to the point that I STILL have night­mares and wake up in a sweat. I still break down and have panic at­tacks when peo­ple play Brand New in a bar,” she wrote. She sep­a­rately told rock mag­a­zine Al­ter­na­tive Press that al­though she was ini­tially flat­tered by the at­ten­tion from a rock mu­si­cian, she found him “un­der­handed and ma­nip­u­la­tive” and had to seek ther­apy to deal with what she had ex­pe­ri­enced. Lacey apol­o­gized and sought for­give­ness, say­ing he had long had a “de­pen­dent and ad­dic­tive re­la­tion­ship with sex” and abused his sta­tus as a rock singer. “I do not stand in de­fense of my­self nor do I for­give my­self,” he wrote in a state­ment. “I was self­ish, nar­cis­sis­tic and in­sen­si­tive in my past, and there are a num­ber of peo­ple who have had to shoul­der the bur­den of my fail­ures,” he said. “I apol­o­gize for the hurt I have caused, and hope to be able to take the cor­rect ac­tions to earn for­give­ness and trust.” Brand New, which Lacey had ear­lier said would dis­band fol­low­ing their lat­est al­bum and tour, were part of a more main­stream wave in the 2000s of emo – a rock style rooted in punk, but known for raw emo­tional in­tro­spec­tion.

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