Hedley Announces ‘Indefinite Hiatus’ Amid Sexual Misconduct Claims

The band will complete their current tour before embarking on hiatus

Canadian pop group Hedley have responded to a number of sexual assault claims, saying they will be going on an “indefinite hiatus” following their cross-country tour which concludes this March.

Pressure has been mounting on the band to respond to a number of anonymous sexual misconduct claims that began to emerge in February. Initially, the band dismissed the rumours as “unsubstantiated,” but acknowledged that they had been guilty of “engag[ing] in a lifestyle that incorporated certain rock ‘n’ roll cliches.”

In a statement posted on Twitter, the band said they have some “soul-searching” to do, and that they are “very sorry.”

Two weeks ago, an Ottawa woman came forward with her story of an incident in which she claims Jacob Hoggard repeatedly sexually assaulted her in a Toronto hotel in 2016. Just this week, a Calgary radio host came forward about her experience being sexually assaulted by Hoggard during a press stop-in.

Hoggard took to twitter to post his own personal response, saying he has “never engaged in non-consensual sexual behavior” in his life, but apologized for “reckless” and “dismissive” behavior towards women.

Hedley will play out the remainder of their 2018 Canada tour, before taking a step back from the public eye. A few weeks back, the band was dropped from their slated JUNO Award performance. They have already been dropped by their management team, and blacklisted by a number of radio stations.