Simple Plan splits with bassist Dave Desrosiers after sexual assault allegations
2000s pop punk hitmakers Simple Plan have parted ways with bassist David Desrosiers after sexual assault allegations recently came to light, and the band also say they are taking a "pause." "Following recent public statements, David Desrosiers is withdrawing from the band in order to work on his personal issues,' reads the official statement from the band. "We offer our deepest apologies to the women who were hurt by his actions. We are also sorry for all our fans who are disappointed by this regretful situation. We will, as a band, take time to pause, reflect and put in place guidelines to prevent similar situations from happening."
As reported in Exclaim!, over the last few weeks, there have been a number of Instagram accounts started "victims_voices" in their profile name that have shared #MeToo stories across Canada. The most prominent of the allegations against Desrosiers came from @victims_voices_montreal and was translated from French by Twitter uses @kidrauhlmontrea:
Desrosiers' own statement reads "Recent public statements have led me to acknowledge that some of the interactions I have had with women have caused them harm. I have decided to withdraw from the band and seek professional help to educate myself and act appropriately in the future. I am truly sorry for the harm I have caused to these women."