New Years Day’s Ash Costello Sheds Light on Dahvie Vanity Allegations
New Years Day have just released their fourth studio album Unbreakable today (April 26). Loudwire Nights host Toni Gonzalez spoke with vocalist Ash Costello recently about the new record and the band's upcoming tour runs. Additionally, the singer bravely commented on the recent news regarding Blood on the Dance Floor's Dahvie Vanity, stating that no one believed her when she tried to shed light on his behaviors while their bands toured together.
HuffPost recently investigated sexual assault allegations made against the Blood on the Dance Floor singer, and compiled a report of 21 different women who said he had molested or raped them. Sixteen of the accusers were underage at the time of the alleged assault instances.
New Years Day were on tour with Blood on the Dance Floor in 2012, and were kicked off after Costello stood up to Vanity for his mistreatment of women. The band posted an official statement following their removal from the tour, saying "We can no longer associate ourselves with behavior that we do not stand by." Read the full statement below.
Costello went deeper into her experiences with Vanity in her interview with Loudwire Nights. "It was a time before 'Me Too,' it was a time before people would believe the victims first...I feel like this was a time where it was more realistic that the public would be shaming the person speaking out instead of looking into it, or possibly believing that what they're saying could be true," she explains.
"So we wrote that blog, and I got attacked by a lot of kids saying I just wanted attention, I was just trying to use Dahvie's fame, which is laughable. And no one really believed me. But because I came forward, a lot of fans who had been abused by this person came to me and sent me their stories, and most of them had physical evidence and proof," she continues.
The vocalist took all of the evidence to the police shortly after and filed a report. "I don't know, whenever I try to speak about it I still get a letter or an email from him saying he's gonna sue me, so it's still a thing to this day. I always kind of stop back and go, 'This'll come out when it's meant to.' Because predators don't stop until they get caught."
Costello points out that it's been at least six or seven years since the police report was filed. "That's a pretty decent amount of time. But I think, no one thought it was important. I really commend the Huffington Post for taking it upon themselves to really look into it more, because even when I went to the police, I was met with a very lazy attitude of like, 'Eh, this has happened in too many states, it's a jurisdictional issue, we can't really do anything, it's a lost cause.'"
Listen to the full interview above to hear more details about New Years Day's new release Unbreakable.
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