San Francisco punk band Culture Abuse have broken up after details of sexual misconduct involving frontman David Kelling have surfaced.
“We are well aware that this does not fix the pain caused but we are hoping it’s a first step,” the band wrote in a statement shared to Instagram. “There are no excuses for this behavior and it cannot be allowed.”
The band also shared a statement, with permission, from a victim who says she was 17 and Kelling was “22 or 23” when Kelling began to ask her to perform sexual acts.
Kelling posted his own statement acknowledging his behaviour.
The band followed with a statement effectively declaring that they were done, why also acknowledging that they could not be sure there are not more victims.
“Furthermore, we cannot be sure that this is the only victim that will speak out,” the band’s statement states. “We have experienced David’s erratic behavior before, but we always took it as an immense passion for this band and David’s ultimate goals in the music. Some people can say that this was our way of allowing David’s behavior to continue but we looked at it as a support system to help a person change.”