Suicide Silence - Eddie Hermida Responds To Sexual Misconduct Allegations

The Harvey Weinstein scandal has led to the #MeToo campaign, encouraging women to come forward with their stories of sexual harassment and recently serious allegations were also brought against All Shall Perish/Suicide Silence vocalist Hernan "Eddie" Hermida, who was accused of sexual misconduct with a minor. Now, the frontman has issued a formal statement regarding the allegations. A woman named Verena Celis claimed the vocalist solicited nude photographs from her while she was 17 years old and Hermida was 32. She also alleged he sent unsolicited nudes of his own while she was at school and at family dinners. The alleged incidents happened in 2015 and 2016 and Verena detailed her interactions with Hermida in a lengthy Twitter thread.

Eddie Hermida responded with this statement posted on Suicide Silence's Facebook page: "I apologize, first and foremost, to Verena, that she feels hurt, manipulated, and otherwise distressed by any of our past communication. I want to apologize to the people who support my work as a musician (both the fans and behind the scenes) for the discomfort, distrust, and damage these allegations have caused. Most importantly, I would ask the music community to abstain from ridiculing, ostracizing, or otherwise harassing this young woman. It's difficult enough for women to come forward with allegations about the behavior of men under any circumstances.

"When Verena told me she'd turned 18, I believed her. I made it clear that our conversations should not be of a sexual nature until that time. However I have learned the lesson, the hard way, that it was wrong to engage in any kind of intimate conversations with someone so much younger than me. I was raised by a single mom who taught me to be respectful to all women. I am ashamed that I have failed. I hope to earn the respect and approval of our fans and to prove that I am not the person this would seem to suggest. Now more than ever, the responsibility falls on men to be mindful of our words and actions with people, and to listen to the voices of those who come forward, with respect and dignity. I am here and I am listening.

Band profile: Suicide Silence
Posted: 17.11.2017 by BloodTears


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Comments: 2   Visited by: 56 users
17.11.2017 - 14:05
His statement doesent excuse but it is atleast a mindfull and mature one. I give him the real man credit in that he asked that his accuser nit be harrased and ridiculed.
17.11.2017 - 22:24
When #metoo kicks too hard.

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