All Time Low responds to TikTok allegations against Jack Barakat

Disha Kandpal

All Time Low has finally responded to the allegations made against band member Jack Barakat after a TikTok went viral.

This isn’t the first time that the band’s conduct with their fans has been questioned. However, they were forced to address it after a TikTok went viral recently.

Prior to the TikTok, another female accuser had made claims about the band.

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 11: Jack B. Barakat, Alex Gaskarth and Zack Merrick of All Time Low performs live on stage at The O2 Arena on February 11, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Simone Joyner/Getty Images)
Photo by Simone Joyner/Getty Images

Allegations against All Time Low explored

The viral TikTok, which has gone viral now, sees a young woman recording her reaction to a clip 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.”

The TikTok user did not name ‘All Time Low,’ but took to her comments to detail the misbehaviour she had endured as a teen. Fans assumed that the hints the social media user had left in the comments were pointing to the Maryland band.

In the comments, TikTok user @mini.grewal claimed, “They literally tried to take my bra off for their nasty collection & offered me beers. They took my friend’s phone number and prank called her for months.”

Some fans became sure of their guess after the creator posted another comment writing, “They’re not even that punk they write songs about champagne and kids.”

Furthermore, on October 25, another female accuser called out the band. She claimed that her past attempts at sharing her story were met with hatred from All Time Low’s fans. The Twitter account that shared her story has been suspended. However, snippets of it are still floating around on the platform.

The snippets see the female accuser claiming Jack Barakat, All Time Low’s lead guitarist, had “assaulted” her for years before she turned 18. Amidst an outpour of accusations surfacing against the band, they have put forth their statement about the issue on their social media platforms.

Band responds to TikTok claims

Taking to their social media on Monday (Oct. 25), the group denied all the allegations and deemed them ‘completely and utterly false.’

The statement read, “When a TikTok video gained traction a few weeks ago alluding to inappropriate behaviour 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 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.”

The band goes on to state that they support all victims of abuse and that they “are so thankful for the growth” that stems from their connection with fans.

The statement concluded by saying, “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.”

A look at the band’s rise to fame

All Time Low has seen massive success since it was formed in 2003. The group has four members – lead vocalist Alex Gaskarth, lead guitarist Jack, bassist and backing vocalist Zack Merrick, and Rian Dawson, their drummer.

The musical group came out with their debut EP, The Three Words to Remember in Dealing with the End, in 2004.

So far the band has released eight studio albums: The Party Scene (2005), So Wrong, It’s Right (2007), Nothing Personal (2009), Dirty Work (2011), Don’t Panic (2012), Future Hearts (2015), Last Young Renegade (2017), and most recently, Wake Up, Sunshine (2020).

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