Lloyd From Neck Deep Releases Statement: ‘Case Closed’
Guitarist Lloyd Roberts left Welsh pop punk superstars Neck Deep back in August, the day after allegations surfaced on Tumblr regarding his communications with a teenage fan. Today he released a statement, along with the North Wales Police Force, explaining how the investigation into his alleged behaviour is over and the police found “no case for him to answer”. Having now cleared his name, Roberts (below, centre) hints about writing and recording new music – but not as part of Neck Deep, who he sends well wishes to.
His departure from the band came just after their album Life's Not Out To Get You debuted in the UK Top 10, and Roberts had just become a dad. At the time, Neck Deep put out their own statement addressing the situation: "We cannot emphasise enough that serious allegations of this kind should ALWAYS be brought to the attention of the relevant authorities, and we urge anyone genuinely affected to use those official channels."
Roberts went to the police and contacted lawyers after stepping down from the band, in order to get the allegations investigated. Police in North Wales have now confirmed that “no further action is being taken.”
There have been several incidences of fans accusing band members of inappropriate conduct over the course of 2015; Front Porch Step’s Jake McElfresh was immediately dropped from his record label after admitting to having sexual online conversations with underage teenage fans, and Set It Off’s former bassist Austin Kerr immediately left the band after similar allegations.
Read Lloyd Roberts’ full statement below:
In August this year I stepped down from Neck Deep after serious allegations were directed at me online.
I was horrified and sickened by these accusations and in order to clear my name, I contacted the police myself and asked them to investigate.
Now, following a thorough investigation by North Wales Police, I received confirmation yesterday that officers have found no case for me to answer and that their investigation is now closed.
It has been an immensely difficult time for both me and my family. When these claims surfaced I’d just become a dad for the first time and so the situation I found myself in with these accusations caused us all a great deal of emotional distress.
I also felt the need to step down from Neck Deep just as we were beginning to get the recognition we'd all worked so hard to achieve.
I’m now looking to put this horrendous chapter in my life behind me as I instead look forward to the future. For me, that means doing the one thing I love the most – writing and recording music.
I’ve got some exciting plans in development, so watch this space.
In the meantime I’d like to thank all of the Neck Deep fans who stuck with me and offered me support over the past few months. It meant a lot to me.
I'd also like to wish my Neck Deep comrades all the best for the future. I’m sure our paths will cross again soon.
By Georgina Langford