crossed boundaries

Singer Tyler Carter says “I did not discipline myself” in response to sexual assault allegations

Singer Tyler Carter is finally responding to sexual assault allegations made against him earlier this week.

The 28-year-old rocker, who came out as bisexual in 2015, has been a member of the band Issues since 2012. He released his debut solo album last year.

On Monday, a Twitter user by the name of @dookietrance accused Carter of grooming him when he was 14 years old, getting him drunk, and sexually assault him.

He then went on to accuse Carter of “constantly asking me for nudes for the entirety of our ‘friendship’ while I was very underage”.

The man’s profile has since been set to private.

Of course, accusations don’t equal guilt, but internet sleuths uncovered a tweet from 2012 that many feel corroborate the story. In the tweet, @dookietrance is mentioned while talking about “band sluts” for Issues.

A few more old tweets about @dookietrance and Issues then surfaced.

Whether or not something nefarious happened is not clear, but the accusations were enough for Issues to put out a statement saying it was cutting ties with Carter, who is one of its founding members.

And that’s when things took another turn.

In response tot he band’s tweet, a second man came forward to say he, too, had been groomed by Carter at a young age, writing: “These allegations are sadly true. Tyler added me on Snapchat when I was about 14-15 and would talk about how cute I was and how soon after would ask me for nudes. He knew I was underage and thank god I was smart enough to never send him anything but I believe it 100 percent.”

After laying low for three days, Carter finally responded to accusations this morning in a long yet vague statement posted on his Instagram and Twitter pages. In it, he admits to having “crossed boundaries” and “blurred lines” in the early days of his career, but “I have never physically assaulted anyone in my life.”

He also admits to flirting with fans who messaged him on social media and says “I did not discipline myself” in those exchanges, later implying one of the people was “someone younger than me.”

“For this, I’m gravely remorseful,” he says. “For years I’ve been sorry.”

Carter goes on to say he never meant to hurt anyone, and that he confused “friendship, brotherhood, and mentorship, with feelings of confusion and romantic interest.”

He concludes by writing that he “can not [sic] fathom the stress and angst I may have caused. I have heard you. I understood you. And I’m sorry.”