A Day to Remember Bassist Steps Down Amidst Sexual Misconduct Allegations
A Day to Remember bassist Josh Woodard has stepped down from the band due to sexual misconduct allegations.
The allegations first surfaced in the summer of 2020 and stemmed from a Twitter thread written by a woman who described events that took place ten years prior, when she was 16 years old and Woodward was 25. Woodard issued a statement denying the accusations, and the post was eventually removed for reasons that were unclear until now.
Now, as the allegations have resurfaced in recent days, Woodard has issued another statement. In it, he continues to deny the allegations, explains that last summer he had chosen to drop legal proceedings against the accuser once the post was taken down but now plans to continue with them, and that he is stepping away from A Day to Remember after 18 years in the band.
Woodard’s statement reads in full:
“In the summer of 2020, I released a statement addressing false allegations that were made against me online. At the time, with the pandemic and my daughter on the way, I personally decided to pause legal proceedings against the accuser once the post was removed.
“These accusations have unfortunately resurfaced within the last few days, and I must act accordingly. It is not fair to my bandmates and brothers to be attached to or targeted because of any of this, so I have made the decision to step down from my position in the band as of today. I will be leaving tour to be with my family and continue to defend my innocence in these matters.
“I know who I am and who I am not. I admit, wholeheartedly, that I am not a perfect person and I have made mistakes in life. I strive every day I am given to be a better person, husband, father, bandmate, and friend.
“I appreciate those who have supported me and defended my name against the lies being spread, and I am sorry to those who have been negatively affected by them. This decision is the furthest thing from what I want, but it is unfortunately what is best. Being a member of ADTR has been the greatest honor and I am so thankful for the past 18 years.”
In 2017, Woodard was involved in an automobile crash that killed the driver of the other vehicle. He pled guilty on charges of careless driving causing death and failure to maintain a single lane, ending up with $1,166 in fines and a driver’s license suspension for 12 months.
Woodard’s decision to step down comes in the midst of A Day to Remember’s in-progress tour with Asking Alexandria and Point North. The band has yet to comment on the issue or name a replacement touring member. Remaining dates:
10/14 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Great Saltair [tickets]
10/15 – Reno, NV – Grand Sierra Casino [tickets]
10/17 – Las Vegas, NV – The Theater at the Virgin Hotels Las Vegas [tickets]
10/18 – Paso Robles, CA – Vina Robles Amphitheatre [tickets]
10/20 – Los Angeles, CA – The Palladium [tickets]
10/22 – Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Federal Theatre [tickets]
10/24 – New Braunfels, TX – Whitewater Amphitheater [tickets]
10/26 – Dallas, TX – South Side Ballroom [tickets]
10/27 – Houston, TX – Bayou Music Center [tickets]
10/29 – Oklahoma City, OK – The Criterion [tickets]
10/30 – Springfield, MO – O’Reilly Family Event Center [tickets]
11/1 – Knoxville, TN – Knoxville Civic Auditorium [tickets]
11/2 – Columbia, SC – The Township Auditorium [tickets]
11/3 – Atlanta, GA – Coca Cola Roxy [tickets]
11/5 – Hollywood, FL – Hard Rock Live [tickets]
11/6 – St. Augustine, FL – St. Augustine Amphitheater [tickets]