"A Day To Remember" bassist Joshua Woodard recently released a statement saying he will be leaving the band after his previous allegations resurfaced online.
Taking to his Twitter account, the musician said he first released a statement last year to address the "false allegations" made against him.
Since it was the pandemic and he had a daughter on the way, Woodard decided to "pause legal proceedings against" his accuser once the post was removed. (read the complete statement below)
However, the allegations resurfaced over the past few days, and he mentioned that it's unfair for his bandmates to be affiliated with his situation.
"I have made the decision to step down from my position in the band as of today. I will be leaving tour to be with my family and continue defend my innocene in these matters." He wrote.
In addition, the bassist mentioned that he knows his authentic self and wholeheartedly admitted that he's not a perfect person as he knows his mistakes in life.
"I strive every day I am given to be a better person, husband, father, bandmate, and friend." He added.
Woodard concluded his statement by thanking fans who have supported and defended him amidst the allegations he's facing.
He's also sorry for those supporters who were negatively affected by the situation. He mentioned that he didn't want to leave the band, but "it is unfortunately what is best."
He went on to thank his bandmates, whom he worked with for the past 18 years.
Joshua Woodard's Allegations
The issue resurfaced once again after a fan named Andy Cizek brought up the bassist allegations dating back to 2010, saying the band acknowledged it. They later denied it ever happening. (read the full tweet below)
I was on pop-punk tumblr a lot in the early 2010s. I remember when the ADTR bassist allegations began. They were acknowledged by the band, I even remember seeing Jeremy claim that “they talked to him about his behavior.” 10 years later they deny it ever happening.— Andy Cizek (@andycizek) October 12, 2021
One of his alleged accusers quote-retweeted the tweet to clarify what happened to her, saying the bassist hired a private investigator to come to her home, harassed her with phone calls, and served her a lawsuit, leading the woman to hire a lawyer to respond to his petition.
Following this, Woodard's camp reportedly dismissed the lawsuit. The woman alleges that the bassist doesn't want her statement about his allegations to be publicized.