Code Orange Comment on Allegations Against Homewrecker’s Matt Barnum, Who Served as Their Touring Crew


Update, 11:20am EDT, June 24: Allegations have now come out against Homewrecker drummer Matt Izzi. Additionally, everyone except Izzi has quit the band.

Original story:

Allegations of sexual misconduct by Homewrecker frontman Matt Barnum began piling up over the weekend after one brave woman shared her story, resulting in the band being dropped by their label, Good Fight. Dozens of women, many of whom were under 18 at the time, have since shared their stories on this Instagram account detailing Barnum’s grooming, manipulation, aggressive solicitation of nude selfies and efforts to have sex with them.

Barnum, it turns out, was also a frequent member of Code Orange’s touring crew, serving as their merch seller on a number of tours over the years. Code Orange guitarist Reba Meyers has shared her thoughts on recent events on social media, condemning Barnum’s actions, expressing solidarity with his survivors and pledging to donate proceeds from a future streaming event to RAINN. Her statement reads in full:

“We’ve become aware that a crewmember of ours, matt, was acting with horrible disrespect and misogyny towards women for many years. I am so disappointed and so saddened by it I can’t by any means even begin to express that in words. I don’t have the words just this painful feeling.

“I am so sorry to the women affected by this. It really hurts me how society allows this dynamic to happen time and time again. The standard is so low and I’ve seen and known that for a long time. And it’s only become even easier with social media to act without thought or regard to how your words will affect others.

“All I can do now is send whatever strength I have to you all affected and hope you are able to get through I will continue to attempt to be a symbol towards our strength as best as I can, and learn how to better deal with this.

“i will work to be as aware as possible of the women around me and their pain and try to pay as close attention to you all and support you as best I can from the perspective I have.
This type of behavior has always baffled me and disgusted me. To the women hurt by his actions, or actions in this vein by anyone towards you or your friends, I hope you are somehow able to work through this struggle and find meaningful balanced relationships in spite of it. You truly deserve that.

“I’m sure you’re hurting much worse than I and my band and myself send you all the love we have.

“Our next ‘you and you alone’ episode proceeds will be donated to the RAINN charity”

Frontman Jami Morgan added his support:

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