Jacob Hoggard is finally speaking out about the numerous allegations of sexual misconduct that have been made against him — including one woman who says he raped her — by issuing a statement on Twitter on Wednesday night.
Explaining that it’s “time to speak for myself, as I should have done from the beginning,” the Hedley frontman denies that he ever engaged in sex that wasn’t consensual.
“I need to be completely clear: I have never engaged in non-consensual sexual behaviour in my life. Ever,” writes the 33-year-old singer.
“However, over the last 13 years, I have behaved in a way that objectified women,” he continues, admitting his treatment of women “was reckless and dismissive of their feelings” and adding that he comprehends “the significant harm that is caused not only to the women I interacted with, but to all women who are degraded by this type of behaviour.
“I have been careless and indifferent and I have no excuse. For that I am truly sorry.”
After apologizing to “the people that have always had faith in me,” — his family, friends and fans — Hoggard insists that “it’s time for me to change.”
As a result, he says he’ll “step away from my career indefinitely” after honouring his obligations on Hedley’s current tour.
Then he promises to “step back in order to make real changes in my life, seek guidance from family and continue to grow and learn from the amazing women in my life.
“I’m asking for a chance to prove that I can be the man you thought I was, the man I was raised to be.”
The band also issued a statement on Twitter, writing that they have “no excuses” for their actions (which are not specified) and offering an apology “to anyone who has been negatively affected by our behaviour.”
The statement adds that the band has “unanimously decided” to “take an indefinite hiatus” after completing their current tour.
“To the people we have let down, we are truly sorry and we hope to one day earn your forgiveness,” Hedley’s statement reads. “We will work every day of our lives to be better.”
The fallout from the multiple allegations made by numerous women has been wide-ranging. In addition to being dumped by the band’s management firm, Hedley have also been dropped from airplay by Corus Radio and other radio stations, pulled from performing at the upcoming Juno Awards, and seen Shawn Hook and Neon Dream quit as opening acts on Hedley’s “Cageless” tour.
The band’s scheduled show in Windsor, Ont., which was to have taken place at Caesars Windsors on Sunday, was cancelled without explanation; it remains to be seen whether upcoming shows will go on as planned.