Over the Christmas break, various sexual harassment allegations emerged directed at Front Porch Step aka Jake Mcelfresh. Since then, Mcelfresh has posted a statement saying he won't be continuing with any touring activities "for the time being".
On January 01, Mcelfresh posted to the Front Porch Step Facebook page:
"I am aware of the serious allegations and sensational things being posted on the internet about me and my personal life. While this is personally difficult to experience, I am taking the appropriate, meaningful, and objective steps to address the severity of these things and the horrendous words being used. I would truly hope that others who have or will propagate these serious allegations will do the same"
Which was followed up a few days later with:
"As I posted 3 days ago, I am taking the appropriate time to assess these very serious allegations against me and I am not taking them lightly. Until I can do that in a complete manner with all the information I have at my disposal, I will not be continuing with any current touring activities for the time being."
Front Porch Step's label Pure Noise Records took to their Twitter to say they are aware of the allegations on December 30. It now looks like Front Porch Step has been removed from the roster on their website.
Yes, we're aware of the rumors. Due to the serious legal nature of them this will not be handled over night. Thank you for your patience.— Pure Noise Records (@purenoiserecs) December 30, 2014
Meanwhile, Allison Weiss has taken to her Facebook page to say she won't be a part of the scheduled upcoming UK tour with Front Porch Step.
"Due to the recent allegations made against Jake McElfresh of Front Porch Step, I have decided I will not be touring with him this month in the UK. Whether the shows will happen without him or not is yet to be determined. I promise to post any updates here on Facebook as more information becomes available."
While Vans Warped Tour head honcho Kevin Lyman has chimed in on the situation, following a Change.org petition to have Front Porch Step removed from the 2015 iteration of the tour.
I am on vacation and when I get home #frontporchstep allegations will be completed vetted. I deserve a few days off to be with my family.— KevinLyman (@KevinLyman) December 31, 2014
I will be back to work earlier then expected to deal with the situation that has been brought to my attention.— KevinLyman (@KevinLyman) January 1, 2015
Please don't ask to have your band replace FPS if he is not on the our, iI am in no mood for it right now— KevinLyman (@KevinLyman) January 2, 2015
We will continue to update this story as it develops.