The Australian pub-punk favourites drop guitarist following allegations of abuse.
Although full details have been kept under wraps, Melbourne punk band Private Function has announced the removal of guitarist, Joe Hansen. The statement indicates an accusation of abuse toward the guitarist with the band standing in support of the alleged victim.
The band have expressed their respect for the privacy of those involved and urged anyone who has been a victim of abuse or sexual misconduct to contact their local helpline.
Support from fans has been overwhelming with many commenting on the band’s swift action. Comments include – “This is a great example of how to deal with predators in the industry!” and “This must have been hard. Continue to fight the good fight, my dudes.”
With a growing voice, the worldwide call-out of sexual misconduct is seeing a well-overdue rise in demand for accountability of predatory and abusive behaviour.
One follower sharing the following information and link on the band’s Facebook page comments:
Private Function, who have recently announced their ‘Christmas Show’ at The Forum in Melbourne, will no doubt keep fans updated.
If you or anyone you know has been a victim of abuse please contact your local helpline and/or authorities.
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