I did not know that Gaza vocalist Jon Parkins was at the center of some rape allegation scandal this past fall. That was a well-kept secret.
But I guess fans started asking what the fuck was going on, and now, Jon has taken to Facebook to respond to the rumors.
“Let me first say that this rape allegation is entirely untrue,” his statement begins.
“Throwing this sort of accusation up on the internet is reckless and completely slanderous,” he says. “Two of my very close friends have been raped and it was devastating to watch them go through the recovery process, one of which I spent a summer helping through counseling.
“I went with her to the clinic to get her AIDS test results. Rape infuriates me, and I never see red like I do when I hear about it,” he says. “This is not a subject or an accusation I take lightly. Anyone who knows me personally knows that I could never and would never force myself on anybody.
“I’m sorry that you all have to be part of this drama, but this has to be addressed. This mess in no way has anything to do with the band and I’m sorry for the other members as this is a black mark on us that is undeserved and untrue.
“Women’s rights and all forms of social justice are causes we champion,” he continues. “I would encourage this person as well as any other who feel they have been assaulted to go immediately to the police.”
Fuck, dude. That is serious. I bet he didn’t do anything, since he’s being upfront about it, unlike some kiddie touching animal porn lovers I know.
Good luck to Jon, and we hope that clears things up.
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