Last month, Canadian alternative rock band Hedley faced sweeping allegations of sexual misconduct by way of the #outhedley2k18 hashtag on Twitter. The effects were swift, with Canada’s top music awards show, the Juno Awards, announcing that Hedley would no longer be performing at the show on March 25. On Wednesday, the band and their frontman Jacob Hoggard each posted lengthy statements to Twitter, announcing that they plan to take an indefinite hiatus.
Right off the bat, Hoggard completely denies any non-consensual sexual behavior, as has been alleged by multiple women—most recently from Calgary radio personality Katie Summers. But he acknowledges that over the last 13 years, he’s “behaved in a way that objectified women.” He writes:
“The way I’ve treated women was reckless and dismissive of their feelings. I understand the significant harm that is caused not only to the women I interacted with, but to all women who are degraded by this type of behaviour. I have been careless and indifferent and I have no excuse. For this I am truly sorry.”
The band’s post announces that they plan to finish their current tour, which runs through March 23, before going on an “indefinite hiatus.” It’s just as long-winded as Hoggard’s, but doesn’t include any outright denial of misconduct. It features the usual apology tropes—“look in the mirror,” soul-searching,” “no excuses.” The band writes, “We are truly sorry, as individuals and as a band, to anyone who has been negatively affected by our behaviour.”
“Indefinite hiatus” implies that, yes, they’ll probably try to come back someday. It’s only a question of if the market’s still there for a band tarnished with multiple misconduct allegations.