Anti-Flag has spoken out about the unexpected disbandment that occurred last week via two separate statements. The group’s lead singer, Justin Sane, whose actual name is Justin Geever, has responded to an accusation of sexual assault made against him, which he firmly denies. The remaining three members of the band have issued a separate statement, explaining that given the allegations, dissolution was their “only immediate course of action.” Full versions of the statements are available below.
Last week, when Anti-Flag announced their split, fans and certain publications drew connections to a podcast episode. In this episode, a woman claimed that she was sexually assaulted by the lead singer of a politically-charged punk band. Though there’s no concrete evidence pointing to Geever, the episode’s details led members of the Anti-Flag subreddit to suspect Justin Sane could be the individual in question.
In a statement made available to Newsound and later shared on Instagram, Justin Sane stated:
I’ve been recently accused of sexual assault and I want to firmly state that these allegations are entirely false. I have never been part of a non-consensual sexual relationship, nor has any woman ever confronted me after a sexual encounter to say that I acted without her consent or that I violated her in any way. Now, after taking some time to come to terms with the initial shock, I am issuing this statement to clarify the matter.
Sexual assault is a severe issue, causing immense damage to its victims. Throughout my adult life, I have dedicated myself to advocating for these victims, as well as those suffering from oppression and inequality, who are subjected to humiliation and abuse. My actions and beliefs have always aligned with this stance. The claims made about me are in stark contrast to what I stand for and how I have lived my life.
Regarding Anti-Flag’s dissolution, we collectively decided that it would be impossible to carry on under these circumstances.
I extend my gratitude to my family, friends, and the multitude of fans, fellow musicians, and bands who have offered their support and assistance.
Pat Thetic, Chris “#2” Barker, and Chris Head expressed:
One of the fundamental beliefs of Anti-Flag is to support and believe all survivors of sexual violence and abuse. The recent claims against Justin blatantly contradict this principle. Hence, we felt compelled to dissolve the band as our immediate response.
These allegations have left us shocked, perplexed, saddened, and profoundly heartbroken. Despite the seriousness of the charges, we can’t reconcile them with the Justin we’ve known for the past 30 years, someone who has never shown violence or aggression towards women. This ordeal has fundamentally disturbed us.
We acknowledge and apologize if our reaction wasn’t as swift as some might have expected. We are all navigating uncharted waters here, and it’s taking time for us to come to terms with the situation.
Being part of Anti-Flag was an honor for us. As we seek our way forward, we send our wishes for healing to all survivors.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Anti-Flag breakup
Why did Anti-Flag break up?
Anti-Flag decided to disband following sexual assault allegations made against their lead singer, Justin Sane. The other band members stated that given the allegations, dissolution was their “only immediate course of action.”
Who is Justin Sane?
Justin Sane, whose real name is Justin Geever, is the lead singer of the punk band Anti-Flag. Recently, he has been accused of sexual assault, an accusation which he vehemently denies.
What was the band’s reaction to the allegations against Justin Sane?
The remaining three band members – Pat Thetic, Chris “#2” Barker, and Chris Head – issued a statement expressing their shock, confusion, sadness, and heartbreak over the allegations. They also stated that these allegations contradict one of the core tenets of the band – to support and believe all survivors of sexual violence and abuse.
How did Justin Sane respond to the sexual assault allegations?
Justin Sane issued a statement categorically denying the sexual assault allegations against him. He asserted that he has never been part of a non-consensual sexual relationship, nor has any woman ever confronted him after a sexual encounter accusing him of acting without her consent.
What evidence is there against Justin Sane?
Currently, there’s no concrete evidence against Justin Sane. The allegations surfaced following a podcast episode in which a woman claimed she was sexually assaulted by a political punk band’s frontman. Some fans and publications have connected this claim to Justin Sane, though no definitive proof has been presented.