'5 Seconds of Summer' go against management and address sexual assault claims, fans say band has their support
The band's guitarist Michael Clifford has been slammed with sexual assault allegations
Michael Clifford, the guitarist of Australian boy band '5 Seconds of Summer', has come under the scanner after he was accused of sexual assault by women on Twitter. On June 14, two women came forward to share their harrowing experience at the hands of the guitarist. As soon as Clifford saw the allegations against him, he denied them all and expressed his "heartbreak" over the situation. Luckily for Clifford, one of his accusers released a statement the very next day apologizing to him and revealing that her abuser was not Clifford, but someone else.
Amid all this, the band members didn't make any statement about the accusations nor the events that transpired. After remaining silent on the false accusations, the band, out of the blue, announced tour dates on Friday, July 26. On the band's official Twitter page, the group announced that they would be soon touring North America and Australia with "additional shows added in the US, UK and Europe."
A few hours later, the band once again took to Twitter to set the record straight. In their tweets, the Australian boy band group revealed that they were posting the tweet against the advice of their management and that they are done being silent against the false accusations. They tweeted, "We are posting this against the advice of our team. We, as a band, didn't feel it was the right time for a tour announcement. We felt it was much more important to address false accusations first, but we were told not to comment. We are done being silent." This tweet was followed up by another tweet, which stated, "We stand with all victims of SA. Just because it wasn't us doesn't mean it didn't happen. We will be working even harder to ensure fans are safe at our shows. Our connection with our fans is more important to us than anything in this world."
After seeing the band's bold move of going against their management (Modest Management) and extending their support to fans and victims of sexual assault, fans couldn't help but applaud the group. A fan tweeted, "F*** MODEST. 5sos deserve a better management team. the fact that they had to go against their management to acknowledge SA allegations blows my mind." Another fan wrote, "You're a real band, real men who really care about us & we'll never thank you enough for everything you've been doing always here for you, no matter what. Love you guys Xx." "@5SOS I'm so surprised at all the courage it takes to reveal itself to your team. You have my respect and have the full support of fandom. I hope you're all right. Everything is settled already," expressed a fan.