Woman Withdraws Sexual Assault Claims Against 5 Seconds of Summer's Michael Clifford: 'He Never Touched Me'

The woman who allegedly accused 5 Seconds of Summer star Michael Clifford of sexual misconduct has withdrawn her claims on Twitter.

'Sophie' apologized to the Australian guitarist in a series of tweets, explaining that she was assaulted at a concert, but has now learned it was by someone else who is now deceased.

"Today I found out that my offender is dead. My offender IS NOT MICHAEL CLIFFORD," she wrote. "HE NEVER TOUCHED ME. HE NEVER SAID THOSE THINGS TO ME. He's innocent.

"I know there's literally nothing I can do to change what I said yesterday and I wish, with my whole heart, there was a way to erase everything. All I can do is say that I'm completely sorry, surprised and heartbroken," she added.

"I'm sorry Michael. I'm completely sorry for being wrong about you and the damage I may caused [sic]." See the tweets here.

to @Michael5SOS and everyone who may got hurt because of what happened yesterday.

Please don't send hate. Reliving everything is k*lling me but as I said, I never lied and I NEVER WILL. This is the truth. Thank you and I'm sorry, forever. pic.twitter.com/hK9SjD53wv

— sophie (@sophiectth5) June 15, 2020
Michael Clifford
Michael Clifford as 5 Seconds Of Summer visit and perform at the "Elvis Duran and The Z100 Morning Show" at Z100 Studio on June 04, 2019 in New York City. Roy Rochlin/Getty Images

The initial accusations were originally made on Monday from a now-deleted Twitter account.

Other since-deleted tweets, as reported by NME, were posted by an account with the handle @knowyoureta as 24-year-old performer Clifford immediately denied claims he invited underage girls to his hotel room.

The tweet claimed that Clifford "used to invite underaged girls to his hotel room/tour bus after shows." The user alleged an incident took place in 2014 while 5 Seconds of Summer were supporting One Direction on tour.

Clifford responded to the claims on Twitter, saying he was "heartbroken" by the accusations and deemed them "beyond untrue."

He wrote: "holy s***. i am heartbroken to read these things that are being said - they are just BEYOND untrue. i was never allowed in the crowd i only ever watched at front of house - and i would've never EVER done that. i wouldf NEVER do anything like that. i'm so f***ing upset."

holy shit. i am heartbroken to read these things that are being said - they are just BEYOND untrue. i was never allowed in the crowd i only ever watched at front of house - and i would've never EVER done that. i wouldf NEVER do anything like that. i'm so fucking upset

— michael clifford (@Michael5SOS) June 15, 2020

Clifford further responded by posting a video of the band at the height of their fame being mobbed by fans.

"this is what life was like in 2013 - please understand it wouldve been logistically impossible for me to get through a crowd at a show i just played at! im not trying to be defensive i promise this is just so completely false," he said.

this is what life was like in 2013 - please understand it wouldve been logistically impossible for me to get through a crowd at a show i just played at! im not trying to be defensive i promise this is just so completely falsehttps://t.co/7BfTBjiZLK

— michael clifford (@Michael5SOS) June 15, 2020

In another tweet, Clifford responded to a fan saying: "i really just dont know what i can even say. people are asking me to explain but how can i explain something that i was never involved with in the first place? i truly want to give you what you're asking from me but what more can i say?"

i really just dont know what i can even say. people are asking me to explain but how can i explain something that i was never involved with in the first place? i truly want to give you what you're asking from me but what more can i say?

— michael clifford (@Michael5SOS) June 15, 2020

The band's manager Adam Wilkinson backed up Clifford in a statement posted to Facebook..

"All accusations of this kind should be taken seriously if the information can be cross referenced and substantiated," he wrote in the post. "That's not the case here and I can confirm at all times I was with the band, they were escorted to front of house from backstage at all times, often by multiple body guards and crew. There is simply no possibility of this accusation to have occurred."

Lots of stories over the past 24 hours circulating about the 5SOS boys from “anonymous” and “burner” twitter accounts....

Posted by Adam Wilkinson on Sunday, June 14, 2020

The claims came just as Clifford apologized for his past offensive tweets that had resurfaced on Sunday.

One tweet made a joke about women belonging in the kitchen and another one used a homophobic slur.

hi. I am so fucking sorry for all the dumb shit I did when I was younger.  I am a different person now with a much better understanding of the world. some people have access to a digital megaphone a bit earlier than they should, unfortunately, I was one of them.

— michael clifford (@Michael5SOS) June 14, 2020

"I am a different person now with a much better understanding of the world. some people have access to a digital megaphone a bit earlier than they should, unfortunately, I was one of them," he wrote.

Newsweek has reached out to Michael Clifford for comment.