After the cancellation of some Blood For Blood shows, rumors started swirling around about the reasons for the hardcore band backing out of the shows. It turns out that frontman Erick Medina is out of the band and is currently being investigated by the police on accusations of rape.
The Gauntlet spoke with a source close to the band, with the source stating that there has been:
an accusation of rape made against ‘Buddha’ [Erick Medina] about a month ago, but at this time I have no details regarding this except for he was arrested and booked for rape. I tried texting him on Monday but haven’t heard back from him. We were told the incident happened at a BBQ over Memorial Day weekend where Medina got a bit drunk pinned a 13 year old girl against a wall and began kissing her as she struggled. The Massachusetts department of social services Department of Children and Family has already investigated the incident.
The band itself also released a rather vague statement, however it makes one thing very clear: Medina will not be a part of Blood For Blood from this point in time onwards:
Make no mistake, the nature of the alleged activity, true or false, is an affront to EVERYTHING this band is about. Some of the members of this band have been mistreated and abused as a children, personally. We would never, COULD never ignore, condone, or even associate with such behavior. At this time we are too emotionally drained to make plans for the band’s future, but due to the nature of these allegations, we feel it is impossible to continue with anyone linked to such allegations, thus, whatever the future holds for Blood For Blood, it will not include Erick. Lastly, We are unable to make concrete plans for the band’s future.
We have yet to see just how the band will continue after this, but booting Medina was definitely the right thing to do. The Massachusetts police department has yet to release any official statement regarding the incident.
[via Metal Injection]