Dave Matthews Band ‘Shocked,’ ‘Not Previously Aware’ of Boyd Tinsley Accusations
In the wake of a sexual misconduct lawsuit filed against Dave Matthews Band violinist Boyd Tinsley, the group has issued a statement denying knowledge of his alleged actions — and inviting speculation that his time in the lineup may have come to a permanent end.
Tinsley then issued his own statement, decrying the "one-sided" account of events that has been presented so far.
As previously reported, Tinsley took was what presumed to be a temporary leave of absence from the group prior to its current tour, which is set to begin tonight. It marked just the latest round of upheaval in a season of change for the band, which lost saxophonist LeRoi Moore upon his death in 2008, and as Matthews recently noted, he wasn't happy about the prospect of performing without Tinsley.
"He has to deal with his stuff," Matthews said at the time. "In many ways I’m sure it would’ve been a lot easier for him to just say, 'I’m good. Let’s go play.' But you can’t just throw yourself away, your wellness away, because you play violin in a band. It doesn’t make any sense to do that."
Whatever Matthews may have been alluding to when he talked about that "stuff," the band's official position is that no one knew about the allegations against Tinsley, who's been accused of a pattern of inappropriate behavior by a member of a band he produced and managed. After reports of the lawsuit broke, a rep for the Dave Matthews Band offered a statement to Billboard that seemed to indicate they completely severed ties with Tinsley.
"Though Boyd is no longer a member of the band," reads the statement, "we are shocked by these disturbing allegations and we were not previously aware of them."
Tinsley then issued his own statement, telling NPR ""I'm truly hurt by the one-sided account that appeared on a blog about me yesterday. I only wish the reporter had spoken to me first, so they would have heard the truth. I will defend myself against these false accusations. I can only assume the motivation for the article and the lawsuit filed against me. These accusations have caused embarrassment for my family, my friends and my fans. I will fight both in and out of court to repair the damage that has been done."
The Dave Matthews Band's 2018 tour, currently scheduled to continue through late September, comes in support of the group's ninth studio LP, Come Tomorrow, due June 8. As Rolling Stone notes, it's currently unclear as to whether Tinsley contributed to the album.