Former Neck Deep Guitarist Cleared of Wrongdoing

It’s been a couple of months since former Neck Deep guitarist Lloyd Roberts had been accused of sexual misconduct and now, the musician has given an update on the case. On Tuesday (Oct. 13), Roberts took to social media to post a statement about the investigation. After a thorough investigation by the North Wales Police, the guitarist was informed that no case was found and that the case had been closed.

Read Roberts’ statement about the incident below.

In August this year I stepped down from Neck Deep after serious allegations were directed at me online.

I was horrified and sickened by these accusations and in order to clear my name, I contacted the police myself and asked them to investigate.

Now, following a thorough investigation by North Wales Police, I received confirmation yesterday that officers have found no case for me to answer and that their investigation is now closed. 

It has been an immensely difficult time for both me and my family. When these claims surfaced I’d just become a dad for the first time and so the situation I found myself in with these accusations caused us all a great deal of emotional distress. 

I also felt the need to step down from Neck Deep just as we were beginning to get the recognition we’d all worked so hard to achieve. 

I’m now looking to put this horrendous chapter in my life behind me as I instead look forward to the future. For me, that means doing the one thing I love the most – writing and recording music. 

I’ve got some exciting plans in development, so watch this space. 

In the meantime I’d like to thank all of the Neck Deep fans who stuck with me and offered me support over the past few months. It meant a lot to me.

I’d also like to wish my Neck Deep comrades all the best for the future. I’m sure our paths will cross again soon.

Thanks,

Lloyd Roberts”

In August, reports began to surface that the musician had been accused of sexual misconduct with a female fan. The alleged victim had taken to her Tumblr to tell her story of what had happened. According to her post, the alleged victim was 15 years old at the time of the supposed misconduct which included Roberts sending her nude photographs of himself.

As soon as the allegations made news, Roberts took to social media to tell his follows that “if any one thinks I’ve done something wrong, please tell the police. I’ll be more than happy to help.” He later followed it up with the message: “My previous statement still stands, until the point I hear otherwise I’m going to carry on with my life. Outside the internet.” Roberts then took down his Twitter account and a few days later revealed that he, and Neck Deep, had parted ways.

At the same time Roberts was being put through the wringer, bassist Fil Thorpe-Evans was also accused of sexual misconduct, though no real proof ever surfaced.

Spinnerette Vocalist Speaks Out Against Accused “Girl/Body Shaming”

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Feminism has become the buzzword of 2014 with many women and some men alike trying to explain to a close-minded world what the real meaning behind feminism. And no, it’s not a bunch of women proclaiming that men are scum and useless.

From Beyoncé’s performance at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards to Emma Watson and her new campaign for equality for all, #HeForShe, it’s all about getting equality no matter your sex.

But, no matter how hard you try to educate people on the meaning of the word or to try to teach others not to “slut-shame” or talk negative about each other (“girl-bashing”), there will always be one person who will try to accuse those doing the teaching of being hypocrites.

Brody Dalle formerly of the Distillers and Spinnerette had to put someone in their place after they accused the singer of “slut-shaming” Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea for tweets she wrote about her impression of the duo’s music video for “Booty.”

On Twitter, Dalle simply wrote the following about the “booty-centric” music video by the two Top 20 radio staples.

Of course, not everyone agreed withDalle’s observation on the music video and accused her of “girl-bashing” and “slut-shaming.”

Instead of letting it slide, Dalle responded to the Twitter user by publishing a lengthy response asking the user “How are the lyrics ‘Give him what he asks for’ empowering to women? How? How is spreading your bottom apart and singing ‘Give him what he asks for’ empowering at all?'”

Read the full essay here and believe us, it’s lengthy, but well worth it.

“From : Kayla @KaylaElaine87
@BrodyDalle well done. Your rants have inspired lots of girl hate and slut and body shaming.

@BrodyDalle plus don’t you love Wendy O? Why is it ok for her to objectify herself but not the others? PS I love you, I just think yur wrong

Dear Kayla,

Slut shaming? Body shaming? Girl hating? Please don’t assign incorrect motives to my tweets. It is you who is implying they are “sluts”, not me. The definition for slut is “a woman who has many casual partners”. Since when did being scantily clad come to mean having many casual partners?

I don’t like the word slut, I don’t use the word slut, that word is not in my vernacular. If a woman has many casual partners, it is none of my business. I have absolutely no problem with what women do with their bodies in their private lives. Women should feel free as men do to sleep with whomever they want to as long as it’s consensual and with out being labeled a slut. That would be equality. (A girl can dream).The trendy term “slut shaming” is inadvertently calling scantily dressed women “sluts”. We should all stop using it.

My problem with this song and the video is the conflicting message it’s sending to our impressionable young girls and boys.

How are the lyrics “give him what he asks for “ empowering to women? How? How is spreading your bottom apart and singing “give him what he asks for ” empowering at all?

JLo and Iggy may feel empowered by their bodies and that’s fine, their bodies ARE powerful, beautiful and life giving. But they are so much more than just their bodies. They may feel that using their bodies is the only currency they have in order to stay popular and on the top. It has become a contest of who gets the most hits on youtube and vevo and who can take it the furthest, not about the quality of their songs and the messages they are sending. And why? To make lots of money and to line the pockets of the big machines, regardless of who that affects.

I want my daughter to grow up knowing that she is more than just the sum of her “body parts”. I want her to feel valued for her brains before her body.

I want my son to grow up respecting women on all levels. Especially their brains, opinions and ideas. I don’t want my son to see women as walking butts and tits, but to see women as equal humans.

This is a conflicting and confusing time in culture. I think about these things a lot. I worry for future generations about where we are headed as a society. There is so much to discuss and talk about and I invite the conversation because it is an important one.

There are many cans to be opened and not everyone likes worms. We have yet to define the parameters and boundaries and it’s hard to do so but we should all feel free to speak up with out feeling like we are going to be attacked, condemned, called crazy, told we are slut shaming, body shaming or girl hating for our opinions.

This notion that I can’t have an opinion or disagree with what someone is doing or saying is ludicrous. Especially when I feel it could impact women, men and children in a negative way. I am far from perfect and I have made many mistakes trying to find my way – but I will continue to stand up for what I believe in and to make this world a better place for all children, women and men.

And Kayla, if you want to twerk your life away naked on a website, feel free, it’s your life. But just know I might think you could do so much more……and that’s okay, right ?

Sincerely,
Brody Dalle

p.s – Wendy O was destroying female stereotypes in a time when it really fucking mattered, when it was probably scary for her to do so. She was brave, strong and unapologetic. I respect her very much.”

Conor Oberst Accepts Accuser’s Apology

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This past Monday, news broke that the woman who had accused Bright Eyes frontman, Conor Oberst of sexual assault this past December (Joanie Faircloth), had lied about the whole incident.

Today, Oberst has released his own statement in which he accepts her apology for accusing him of such a horrific crime.

“I have accepted Joanie Faircloth’s apology and retraction to clear my name. This has been extremely difficult and stressful for me personally and for those I love. I’m appreciative of the family, friends, fans, and business partners who supported me throughout this and look forward to happier times as we all move forward with out lives.”

After almost eight months of having the world believe she had been sexual assaulted by Oberst, Faircloth came clean earlier this week with a statement in which she revealed that she had never even met Oberst and that she had made the whole thing up just to get attention and that it happen at a time when she was “trying to cope” with her son’s illness.

No word yet on whether Oberst will go through with his libel lawsuit against Faircloth or if he will drop the case now that his name has been somewhat vindicated with her reveal.

Conor Oberst Sexual Assault Accusation All a Lie

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Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst has now been vindicated, thanks to the one who wrongfully accused him of rape.

Back in December, a woman named Joanie Faircloth had accused the singer of sexually assaulting her while they were in a “relationship” ten years or so ago.

She accused him of doing so on XOJane, a blog site and said that the reason she did not speak out about the injustice back when it happened was because he was a beloved member of their city and no one would believe her claims about him,

Now, Faircloth is asking for forgiveness almost eight months after the accusations were made against Oberst (and after he filed a libel lawsuit against her).

“The statements I made and repeated online and elsewhere over the past six months accusing Conor Oberst of raping me are a 100 percent false,” she wrote.

“I made up those lies about him to get attention while I was going through a difficult period in my life and trying to cope with my son’s illness. I publicly retract my statement about Conor Oberst and sincerely apologize to him, his family, and his fans for writing such awful things about him. I realize that my actions were wrong and could undermine the claims of sexual assault victims and for that, I apologize. I’m truly sorry for all the pain I caused.”

This comes on the heels of rumors that Oberst had been dropped by his record label after his new album, Upside Down Mountain had failed to garner much in the sales department. The blame had of course had been put on the negative publicity that had come a few months before the record was due to come out. It all ended up being rumors, but the fact of the matter is that maybe the sexual assault claims did contribute to the lack of sales.