The first of these allegations released in a TikTok video where a woman loosely described her experiences with the band at a young age. The video has since been deleted and has been disregarded by the band as “absolutely and unequivocally false”.
Though the murmurings of misconduct seem to have started and ended there, there have been many others coming forward, with similar stories regarding Barakat’s inappropriate behavior towards fans.
The band remained silent regarding all allegations for several weeks, despite begging from their most dedicated fans for them to acknowledge them.
The silence continued until a larger statement from another young woman was made on October 24th. This lengthy allegation highlights the gruesome experiences with Barakat since he began grooming her when she was a mere ten years old.
The account the allegation was originally made under has since been suspended, but screenshots of them can still be found on other accounts.
A statement from the band denying all allegations was posted to their social media accounts around 4pm the very next day.
There has been a clear divide in the fanbase between those who believe the band and that their word is enough, and those who found the statement cold and filled with victim-blaming and defensive remarks.
For long-time fans, many comment to the betrayal they feel in how this has been handled, as for years the band has deemed themselves a safe space and have been rather outspoken regarding similar behavior from other bands in the past.
While fans may be undecided as to how to proceed, bands in support of All Time Low’s current tour are not. As of this morning both opening bands, Meet Me At The Altar and nothing,nowhere have announced that they are dropping off of the tour for the remaining dates and instead playing a few shows together.
As of now, the band is still set to play the Fillmore in Minneapolis this Saturday.