Hookworms Singer MJ Denies Sexual Abuse Allegations, Band Announces Split


English band Hookworms introduced on Wednesday (Oct. 31) that they've known as it quits, simply hours earlier than singer MJ (Matthew Johnson) revealed in a prolonged submit that he has been accused of sexual, emotional and bodily abused by a former accomplice.

"We're deeply shocked by the allegations that got here to gentle yesterday relating to MJ, and take them very significantly," the band wrote on Twitter. "As a end result we've cancelled all upcoming Hookworms reveals and may not proceed as a band." 

While asking for privateness throughout this troublesome time, the band made it clear that that is "a matter for MJ as a person, exterior to the band" and that nobody within the group or their prolonged group had any prior information of the allegations earlier than they grew to become public on Tuesday (Oct. 30). 

The allegations surfaced when Alanna McArdle, ex-Joanna Gruesome singer and Johnson's former accomplice, tweeted on Tuesday that she was contacted three weeks in the past by an unnamed girl [referred to as "L"] who repotedly dated Johnson in 2016 and shared her story of "horrific abuse" she allegedly suffered throughout their relationship. The girl, a survivor of sexual and bodily abuse -- who allegedly shared that info with Johnson -- claimed that Johnson "made jokes concerning the particular particulars of L's previous expertise, joking about raping her, mutilating her physique, and punching her within the face. He sexually assaulted her, triggered her PTSD, and on the time remained unapologetic for his actions." 

McArdle stated that over the previous two years Johnson maintained that his actions had been "out of him being in love together with her," and that she's seen proof of Johnson's texts with L "admitting to those sexually and emotionally abusive actions," and that she's been in contact with L over the previous few weeks to debate the alleged incidents. "Given the social stature that Matt has within the UK music scene, and the (to place it mildly), worrying and clearly manipulative makes an attempt he has remodeled the course of a few years to place himself as a feminist activist and ally, she and I had been each frankly terrified at how he has abused this energy and belief to such a horrifying extent," McArdle wrote.

Given Johnson's place within the music business and what she known as his "dedication to constructing a story round him that posits him as a politically conscious and energetic individual," L reportedly requested McArdle to make her story public.

In the wake of the revelation of the alleged abuse, Johnson posted a prolonged response, wherein he stated, "I deny and at all times will deny the allegations that had been posted yesterday." The singer wrote that his understanding was that each he and L had been sad with components of their transient relationship, stressing that they had not been in touch for some time. "She contacted me just lately and through our exchanges (we didn't meet), she requested me to characterise a few of my actions in direction of her as abusive to help her, she stated, together with her ongoing restoration from historic sexual abuse that occurred previous to us realizing one another. I remorse now accepting any blame," he stated. 

"I felt pressured into disbelieving myself and in addition believed I used to be serving to her," he continued. "I supplied her assist in different methods so to learn what she has advised another person about me is complicated and upsetting. More importantly, the image and picture painted of me yesterday is unfaithful. I used to be not abusive in direction of L and in gentle of yesterday's allegations I now remorse accepting any blame as she requested me to do."

Johnson characterised himself and McArdle as "two totally different individuals," noting that she didn't make the allegations herself and that he has tried to take care of good ethics in his private and non-private lives. "The picture introduced by Alanna's assertion yesterday is just not one I recognise and is unfaithful," he wrote. 

Leeds-bred noise band Hookworms shaped in 2010 and launched the album Microshift earlier this yr on Domino Records. Over the previous yr, the band has supported girls talking out in opposition to abuse within the music business and, in August, retweeted a remark vital of the band The Orwells, who've been accused of being "homophobic, transphobic, racist sexual abusers."

At the tip of her observe, McArdle requested her followers to unfold her tweet broadly "for the sake of the security of girls and survivors of sexual, emotional and bodily abuse... I'd additionally ask (thought I actually shouldn't must) males not simply within the scene however EVERYWHERE to cease turning a blind eye to the abusive actions of your folks, to actively maintain individuals accountable, to cease performatively giving "assist" to girls solely for the sake of your picture." 

A spokesperson for the band couldn't be reached for additional remark at press time.