All Time Low have filed a lawsuit against the two accusers who called out Jack Barakat last year for alleged sexual assaults when they were minors.
In their nine-page suit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, obtained by Rolling Stone, the band claims the accusers’ anonymity has left them “no choice but to mobilize and utilize the civil court system to identify the culprits, prove that the defamatory statements are false, and seek justice.”
The suit continues, “The purpose of the lawsuit is to establish the unambiguous truth and quash these malicious lies so that they won’t be repeated in the future.”
The accusers are referred to as Jane Doe 1, the second as Jane Doe 2. The band claims that a concertgoer has already disproven Doe 1’s story. And they say Doe 2’s accusation was “completely fabricated.”
The suit adds, “Regrettably, this is the only course remaining to properly restore their reputations and repair the damage to their business. [The band] will then donate any proceeds derived from this litigation to charities that support victims of sexual abuse.”
Last year, when the allegations were brought to light, All Time Low released their own statement saying:
“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.”
Read their full statement below.
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— All Time Low (@AllTimeLow) October 25, 2021