David Desrosiers, the bassist for Canadian pop punk band Simple Plan has stepped down due to accusations of sexual misconduct that have surfaced on social media. Yesterday the band made a public statement on their Instagram apologising to their fans and saying Desrosiers has withdrawn from Simple Plan “to work on his personal issues”.
“We offer our deepest apologies to the women who were hurt by his actions,” they say in a post. “We are also sorry for all our fans who are disappointed by this regretful situation. We will, as a band, take time to pause, reflect and put in place guidelines to prevent similar situations from happening.”
David Desrosiers published a statement on July 9th through his Instagram saying:
“Recent public statements have led me to acknowledge that some of the interactions I have had with women have caused them harm. I have decided to withdraw from the band and seek professional help to educate myself and act appropriately in the future,” Desrosiers said in his statement on Instagram. “I am truly sorry for the harm I have caused to these women.”
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I’m a multi-instrumentalist musician, songwriter, and music journalist. When I’m not gigging with my band Rude Rum or writing, I teach guitar. I graduated from the Music Industry College, Brisbane (where I was in a punk band) in 2016 and plan to spend my life helping the world find a new groove. When asked at kindergarten what I wanted to be when I grew up I simply said ‘a rock star’… nothing’s changed!