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Pop-punk collective Simple Plan has announced they are parting ways with their touring bassist/photographer Chady Awad following allegations of sexual misconduct.

Chady Awad has been working with Simple Plan through the band’s management company Coalition Music since 2017 as both a touring bassist, photographer, and videographer.

Coalition Music’s co-founder Eric Lawrence was notified of these allegations by a man who revealed “a story he had heard second hand that we are nonetheless taking extremely seriously. We have put in place a process for the person involved to have the opportunity to confidently and safely tell their story.”

Since this story was told, Lawrence noted that the management group has talked with a law firm to seek “expertise into investigating these types of situations.”

Following the story, the accused touring bassist, Chady Awad, has written a statement to VICE News, stating that the allegations raised against him are “absolutely and totally false,” noting that he and the band hadn’t worked together since prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, and didn’t even have plans to continue working with them once the virus ceased.

“We discussed all these things and the band management decided it made sense not to work together; the decision was not made because they took the allegations against me to be true,” he detailed.

“This is still my life and my reputation on the line here. I’m out of ideas for what more I can do, but there is just no truth to these rumours and I want to be clear about that.”

This news follows just one week since Simple Plan bassist David Desrosiers left the band after accusations were raised against him for grooming a minor.

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Suite à des déclarations publiques récentes, David Desrosiers se retire du groupe afin de travailler sur ses difficultés personnelles. Nous présentons nos excuses les plus profondes aux femmes qui ont été blessées par ses actions. Nous sommes également désolés pour tous nos fans qui sont déçus de cette situation regrettable. En tant que groupe, nous prendrons le temps de faire une pause, réfléchir, et mettre en place des lignes directrices afin d’éviter que de telles situations se reproduisent. Following recent public statements, David Desrosiers is withdrawing from the band in order to work on his personal issues. We offer our deepest apologies to the women who were hurt by his actions. We are also sorry for all our fans who are disappointed by this regretful situation. We will, as a band, take time to pause, reflect and put in place guidelines to prevent similar situations from happening.

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