It was back in 2017 when the local music scene was rocked with a surge of pvblic allegations of sexual misconduct, complete with detailed receipts exposing a couple of notable bands.
Fast forward two years later, another OPM act has fallen prey to the same controversy. This time, it’s indie rock trio, Tom’s Story.
Tom’s Story made headlines yesterday when it announced that founding member and band namesake Tom Naval has decided to leave the band citing ‘personal reasons.’
A mere hours after the reveal, however, a couple of netizens came forward to air their frustration against the famous bassist.
TOM'S STORY!?!?!? MORE LIKE…. RAPIST'S STORY AMARYT!??!?!?!Forreal tho, Gabba and Degs are the nicest guys kaya wag…
The post reads:
TOM’S STORY!?!?!? MORE LIKE…. RAPIST’S STORY AMARYT!??!?!?!
Forreal tho, Gabba and Degs are the nicest guys kaya wag nyo idamay sa KABABUYAN NETONG SI TOM. DAMI MONG ALAM GAGO “Quit the band for personal pursuits” ka pang nalalaman, anong personal pursuits yan? MANGRAPE?? BRUH STAHP.
Another netizen also came forward and claimed she was a victim of Tom’s unwanted advances
This has gotten out of hand and I want to speak up to finally put an end to this so all parties can move on. It took…
In a lengthy post, Ana Cerezo revealed that Tom supposedly took advantage of her when she was ‘knocked out’ and only admitted to the crime when she confronted him afterward.
She also said that her story initially fell on deaf ears way back in 2014.
A screenshot of Tom’s message to Ana was also unveiled on Twitter
here is a screenshot of Tom's message to Anna. (she's a friend of a friend and she gave her permission to use this) pic.twitter.com/og5sIUN42M
— Chesca Persia (@chescapersia) January 3, 2019
The band’s official page then released a statement addressing the issue, seemingly confirming the validity of the incident.
Earlier today, we announced Tom’s resignation from Tom’s Story. Many had questions about this sudden announcement, and…
An excerpt reads:
‘Tom’s Story truly believes that each one of us is capable of change and should be given the opportunity to do so.
But we also recognize that one must face the consequences for mistakes made. After much thought and consideration, we have decided to support Tom’s decision to leave the band.’
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