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Beach Slang drop guitarist amid sexual assault allegations

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The group Beach Slang has parted ways with member Ruben Gallego due to sexual assault allegations against the guitarist, the band revealed in a statement on Facebook.

“Although this occurred four years ago and prior to him joining Beach Slang, we cannot in good conscience continue with him,” the band wrote. “We believe survivors and we want to believe Ruben, but until we learn more information, we don’t feel it’s appropriate for him to be a part of Beach Slang.”

Beach Slang released their first studio album, The Things We Do to Find People Who Feel Like Us, in 2015, and their second, A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings, this past September. They kick off their North American tour with Bleached on Tuesday in Washington, D.C., where frontman James Alex will perform a solo acoustic set in lieu of their normal lineup.

“For us, Beach Slang has always been and will always be a safe place for everyone,” they wrote in their Facebook note. “It was built to be welcoming. It was built to be soft. If we are going to continue to exist, we have to exist in this way.”

See the full note, which also includes a shout-out to the National Sexual Assault Hotline, here.