The Killers 'shocked' by allegations of sexual misconduct on tour

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GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 29:   Brandon Flowers of The Killers performs live on the Pyramid stage during day four of Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 29, 2019 in Glastonbury, England. The festival, founded by farmer Michael Eavis in 1970, is the largest greenfield music and performing arts festival in the world. Tickets for the festival sold out in just 36 minutes as it returns following a fallow year. (Photo by Jim Dyson/Getty Images)
Brandon Flowers of The Killers performs live on the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury Festival in 2019. (Jim Dyson/Getty Images)

US rockers The Killers are "astonished and shocked" about allegations of sexual misconduct taking place on one of their tours, according to lawyers for the band.

Legal representatives for the Mr Brightside group said they will be contacting the person who made the claims.

They issued a statement in relation to claims made in a blog post that a sound engineer witnessed sexual misconduct taking place while the band were touring in the US more than 10 years ago.

The statement added that the band are taking the allegations "extremely seriously" and that they are “astonished and shocked by these claims".

"The behaviour attributed to them and their crew is unrecognisable and in direct opposition to the principles with which they run their workplace," it said.

(L - R) Ronnie Vannucci Jr., Brandon Flowers, and Mark Stoermer of The Killers perform at Day Three of Lollapalooza 2009 at Grant Park on August 9, 2009 in Chicago, Il. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Corbis via Getty Images)
The Killers perform at Lollapalooza in 2009 in Chicago, US. (Tim Mosenfelder/Corbis via Getty Images)

The woman who wrote the blog post said she was working as a sound engineer for the group and was the only female touring with the band.

She said abuse took place in a dressing room with a woman who was heavily intoxicated, and did not state that any members of the band were involved or present.

The statement from the band's lawyers added: "This person's story is appalling and, while The Killers do not have the same touring crew in 2020 that they had earlier in their career, they will be conducting a thorough investigation into past and present tour staff.

"Their legal team will be reaching out to this person for more information and clarity on the alleged incidents as detailed, as well as to the audio vendor who provided crew for the tour."

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