By Scott T. Sterling
After it was revealed earlier this week that former New Found Glory guitarist Steve Klein was to be arraigned on charges of child pornography and lewd conduct with a minor, the band has released a response to the shocking allegations against its ex-comrade on their Facebook page:
“Upon our return from Warped Tour Australia, Steve made us aware of possible allegations that might be made against him. At that point, not knowing all the details, we made the decision to part ways in order for him to deal with these personal issues. Us 4 members of New Found Glory have given our entire lives to this band and will continue to do so. We’ve been able to play all over the world for the most amazing fans. We can’t wait to get in the studio to make a new album and we can’t wait to get back on the road! Just coming off the Parahoy cruise and a surprise show in our hometown we are more inspired than ever! Thank you so much to everyone around the globe for always sticking by us. The future is bright.”
The charges against Klein came down late last month, just hours after the band unexpectedly announced it was parting ways with the guitarist.
Klein’s lawyer, Debra White, has issued a statement on Klein’s behalf, via Alternative Press, reminding press and public that allegations are just allegations, innocent until proven guilty, and dampening the language surrounding the charges of “child pornography”.
“It is a difficult challenge to defend oneself in the media when there is a pending criminal case. This is because people are quick to assume that if a person is charged with a crime, they are also guilty as charged. And it is especially difficult because criminal defense attorneys insist that their clients not talk about the case to ensure that their constitutional rights are protected. Furthermore, attorneys are limited by law as to what can and cannot be said about a case to the public.