All Time Low Allegations: The Band's Statement in Full

Rock band All Time Low has responded to a sexual assault allegation made against guitarist Jack Barakat on Monday and allegations of "inappropriate behavior" made against the band a few weeks ago in a TikTok video that alluded to the group.

In a statement Monday posted on Twitter, All Time Low denied the allegations, stating they are "absolutely and unequivocally false."

The group stated it had not responded earlier "because of the glaring inconsistencies in the story, and the apparent reluctance to mention us by name."

"It is with that in mind that we have to state with outright certainty, that what is being said about us is completely and utterly false. We are investigating further the source of these false accusations, and will be seeking legal recourse as we take these allegations very seriously.

See the full statement from the band further below.

A statement from the four of us. pic.twitter.com/tazxZAKOkr

— All Time Low (@AllTimeLow) October 25, 2021

What Allegations Were Made Against All Time Low?

According to Rolling Stone, earlier on Monday, an anonymous female Twitter user accused Barakat of sexual assault, on an account (@ATLstatement) which has since been suspended. A screenshot of the user's post was shared in another Twitter thread.

The user said she attempted to share her story twice before but claimed she was "met with influxes of hatred from the masses" and was allegedly "threatened with legal action," But she decided to share it again now given the #MeToo movement, Rolling Stone reported.

The user alleged Barakat's sexual abuse began in 2011 when she was 15 years old. She claimed the abuse continued throughout the period of the band's tour that year as well as during the tours and events that followed that year. She alleged the last time she was sexually assaulted by him was when she was 21 years old.

The accuser claimed that at least one other band member is aware of Barakat's behavior but her "abuser was protected" instead of being removed from the group.

The user alleged: "It's been over ten years since the abuse first began and I haven't fully recovered from what has happened to me.

"I now realize that I was being manipulated by a man who groomed me during a time when I was an emotionally vulnerable child," she wrote, according to Rolling Stone.

Weeks before the latest allegation on Twitter, a female TikTok user claimed "a famous pop-punk band" let her on their tour bus when she was 13 years old.

The TikToker did not mention the band by name but reportedly hinted at All Time Low in the comments of the post.

According to a tweet by @RainInJuly182, TikToker @mini.grew posted a video of her reacting with the caption: "Me telling everyone about how a famous pop-punk band let me on their tour bus when I was 13 and people tell me how nice it was of them."

Jack Barakat of All Time Low.
Jack Barakat of the band All Time Low seen at the Build Studio in New York City on May 3, 2017. Desiree Navarro/WireImage

Full Statement From All Time Low Regarding Allegations

The band posted the following statement on their Twitter account on Monday:

"The allegations being brought against us are absolutely and unequivocally false. When a TikTok video gained traction a few weeks ago alluding to inappropriate behavior within our camp, we chose not to respond because of the glaring inconsistencies in the story, and the apparent reluctance to mention us by name.

"We felt that a response would have elevated and escalated an outright lie, and in doing so, robbed actual victims of abuse of their very real and very important collective voice. We believe victims. We stand with victims. We have only ever wanted to cultivate and nurture a culture around out shows and band that is welcoming, healthy and safe.

"It is with that in mind that we have to state with outright certainty, that what is being said about us is completely and utterly false. We are investigating further the source of these false accusations, and will be seeking legal recourse as we take these allegations very seriously. With that in mind, we want to say again, we stand with victims and always wish to amplify the voices and stories of those who have suffered abuse and trauma.

"But we cannot and will not fuel or amplify lies that only cloud and distort the true stories of those who need to be heard and represented.

"We appreciate, and truly never take for granted the platform that you have granted us by supporting our band and us as individuals over the years. We cannot overstate how much we respect and cherish the sanctity of this fanbase and the connections we've made with you throughout the years.

"With every year that goes by, every show we play, every individual we meet along the way, we are so thankful for the growth that stems from this connection. We have only ever sought positivity and wellness for those who have ever crossed our path.

"Throughout our nearly two-decade spanning career, we are so fortunate to learn and grow alongside all of you. We will continue to listen, and to do everything in our power to nurture and support a healthy and safe environment around All Time Low. It is difficult and disheartening to have to make this statement knowing that the allegations against our camp are completely unfounded and false, but at this point it is of the [utmost] importance to us that you know we hear you, we stand with victims, and we stand collectively for truth.

Sincerely and with love,

Alex, Jack, Rian & Zack."

Newsweek has contacted the representatives for All Time Low for further comment.

All Time Low in Las Vegas.
The band All Time Low attending the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Festival on September 22, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. C Flanigan/FilmMagic