Brockhampton's upcoming album Puppy may not make its previously announced June release date after the band's co-founder Ameer Vann was accused of emotional manipulation, sexual abuse, and statutory rape. The band's Kevin Abstract revealed the possible delay on Instagram Live, as High Snobiety points out.
“We’re probably gonna push the album back," Abstract says in the clip before adding that he hopes a new single will be released "next month." He attributes the delay to the allegations against Vann: “Having to deal with family problems in front of the world is very difficult, and I’m sorry if this isn’t enough," Abstract says.
Brockhampton is taking the allegations seriously, Abstract claimed, while attempting to distance himself from them. “I don’t agree with anything Ameer has admitted to. He’s been getting help for over the past year,” Abstract said, adding: "I just want people to know that I've never seen Ameer hurt anyone and I also want people to know that we hold each other accountable for anything, any mistake."
Soon after the allegations emerged, Ameer Van sent out a series of apologetic tweets that denied any criminal misconduct. "In response to the claims of emotional and sexual abuse: although my behavior has been selfish, childish, and unkind, I have never criminally harmed anyone or disrespected their boundaries. I have never had relations with a minor or violated anybody's consent."
A representative for Brockhampton was not immediately available for comment.
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