Hey Violet has opened-up on the departure of bass player Iain Shipp in light of sexual assault allegations which the remaining band members say they’re “continuing to investigate.”
Shipp, who joined the outfit in 2016, has denied accusations from two of his ex-girlfriends who claim he admitted to raping a woman in the past, per PopBuzz.
“I am aware of the disturbing allegations being issued against me and the matter is being investigated. They are deeply upsetting and untrue,” he tweeted late last week.
I am aware of the disturbing allegations being issued against me and the matter is being investigated. They are deeply upsetting and untrue.
— iain (@IainShipp) April 13, 2019
Speaking for the first time about the unfolding situation, the Los Angeles pop-rock outfit admit they don’t have all the answers and, regardless, felt it best to continue without Shipp in the band.
In a statement posted to their socials, the bandmates admit it’s been an “incredibly difficult time” and that they still hold out hope that the allegations aren’t accurate.
The statement reads, “We have reached out to both parties affected both personally and through our attorney in hopes of gaining a better understanding of the situation, we are continuing to investigate the matter, but with the current details provided, there is not enough information to prove or disprove the allegations presented.”
The message continues, “We sincerely hope the allegations are untrue, but at this moment we feel it is best to continue on without Iain in the band. You are all like family to us and we hope you know that we’ve been taking this very seriously.”
— HEY VIOLET (@HeyViolet) April 17, 2019
The group has enjoyed moderate chart success in the United States, with “Guys My Age” their best-performing single, peaking at No. 68 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2017. They’ve impacted the Billboard 200 on two occasions, with their debut From The Outside hitting No. 110 in 2017 and the EP I Can Feel It reaching No. 149 in 2015.
Original keyboardist and backing vocalist Miranda Miller left the band just months out from the release of From The Outside, citing “grueling” road commitments.