‘We do not tolerate abuse of any kind’
Ameer Vann, one of the original members of Texan music collective BROCKHAMPTON, has been kicked out following numerous allegations of sexual misconduct, including relations with an underage girl. In a statement posted to their Twitter page, the group said that “Ameer is no longer in BROCKHAMPTON. We want to sincerely apologize to the victims affected by Ameer’s actions. We were lied to and we’re sorry for not speaking up sooner.”
The group has now decided to cancel the remaining dates on their US tour, and added that they “do not tolerate abuse of any kind. This is not a solution to their suffering, but we hope this is a step in the right direction”. Their full statement reads as follows:
Allegations against Ameer surfaced earlier this month when a number of women went public with their experiences. Singer-songwriter Rhett Rowan spoke of Ameer’s “emotionally manipulative and mentally abusive” behaviour before saying that she could "confirm he was having sex with a minor before he dated me in 2015."
Twitter user @GIGlNOTHADID posted on May 10, alleging that Vann “degrades women, makes forceful advances and does not ease up when asked, is emotionally abusive, uses girl, v manipulative, has sex with underage/legal fans.” They then posted a thread which includes messages from several other women sharing their experiences of Ameer. Ameer responded earlier in May with his own Twitter thread.
I am sorry to the people I've hurt and the fans I've disappointed.— ameervann (@AmeerVann) May 12, 2018
The group has already performed live without Ameer since allegations were levelled, opting to stand in silence for his verses. They have announced the release of their album Puppy will be delayed as a result. Just a few days ago, Kevin Abstract said in a live Instagram video that “I don't agree with anything Ameer has admitted to, and I've talked to him about that. I've talked to a bunch of people and he's been getting help for like over the past year.”
Watch Kevin Abstract's video in full below: