The two kept in touch, primarily online and occasionally in person, until Driskill was 23. The band Martha was slated to open for Brand New in London and Glasgow, but dropped out of the shows over the weekend and tweeted, “Support survivors always.” Kevin Devine—a touring member of Brand New, signee of the band’s Procrastinate! Lacey, then 24, began asking Garey to send him nude photos over instant messenger; she obliged. “It’s been talked about for a while but it hasn’t actually been happening.”, © 2020 Condé Nast. Driskill says Lacey eventually asked her for nude photos of over instant messenger as well when she was 17, and started “countless masturbatory chat sessions” and also attempted to have her have sex with others on video for him.

I have chosen not to censor those names because they appear in every article and press release about this controversy. Nicole Elizabeth Garey, whose post on Facebook precipitated Lacey’s statement, says that she met Lacey in 2003, when she was 15 and he was 24, … As of this date, Nicole is single. She says she and Lacey … “He was the first person to ever tell me that I was hot. Over the weekend, in response to a woman who came forward with allegations that he solicited nude photos from her when she was underage and forced her to watch him masturbate over Skype, Brand New frontman Jesse Lacey posted a message on Facebook, apologizing for inappropriate things he had done in the past, explaining how he has tried to change, and—perhaps most importantly—implying that the allegations are true.

“Instead you think, ‘Oh, I have to get naked, I have to say dirty shit, I have to be at this person’s beck and call.’”. She recalls him saying, “I had to delete them, I can’t keep them on my computer.”, “You’re flattered because [the singer of] one of your favorite bands is interested in you and nobody’s taken interest in you before,” Garey tells Pitchfork. The last time she heard from him was when she was in her early 20s, saying that he called her on Skype while he masturbated. Garey says that Lacey asked her to send him nude photos via instant messenger, which she did, and which then led to frequent further requests. When Driskill was 18, she drove with her brother and friend from Houston to Austin to see Brand New perform at Emo’s. A second woman, Emily Driskill, says she first met Lacey in 2002 when she was 16. On Friday, a public Facebook post began to circulate online, featuring comments accusing Brand New frontman Jesse Lacey of sexual abuse and solicitation of explicit photographs from a minor. Possession of child pornography is also a felony offense.