Michael Clifford, one of four members of the popular boy band 5 Seconds of Summer, has been accused of sexually assaulting multiple underage girls back in 2013 and 2014. On Sunday, multiple Twitter members shared accounts of what they say was abuse, all accusing Clifford of being a sexual predator back when the band toured with One Direction.
A Twitter account called @sophiectth5 jumpstarted the stories of alleged sexual abuse being shared on Sunday. Before turning the account private, she tweeted that “MC” reached up her mini skirt when she 14 years old and that “MANY people saw” but did nothing. “I was scared and shocked bc he kept saying disgusting things to my ear.”
Clifford tweeted out to his 10.3 million followers, “Holy s***. I am heartbroken to read these things that are being said – they are just BEYOND untrue. I was never allowed in the crowd I only ever watched at front of house – and I would’ve never EVER done that. I would NEVER do anything like that. I’m so f***ing upset.”
Between 2013 and 2015, two years after the Australian-based boy band was formed, 5SOS traveled with One Direction on their “Take Me Home,” “Where We Are” and “On The Road Again” tours. In addition to Clifford, 5SOS members include Luke Hemmings, Calum Hood and Ashton Irwin.
Clifford, 24, who’s the lead guitarist of 5SOS, tweeted, “This is what life was like in 2013 – please understand it would’ve been logistically impossible for me to get through a crowd at a show I just played at! I’m not trying to be defensive I promise this is just so completely false.”
The stories shared on Twitter described Clifford and other band members making sexual advances on fans at meet and greets or during concerts after 5SOS performed.
On Monday, @sophiectth5 tweeted that while her story was true, the “mc” she was referring to was NOT Michael Clifford.
A Second-Hand Account Described a What the Writer Said Was Sexual Assault Involving Both Clifford & Hood
One user online tweeted a story about a friend who said she was sexually assaulted by 5SOS member Calum Hood six years ago. The user tweeted, “First of all, I don’t want to spread hate but I feel like I need to tell you guys what happened. This is a story that happened in 2014. A girl I used to be mutuals with told me that Michael Clifford used to invite underaged girls to his hotel room/bus tour after shows.”
The tweets continued:
One day she got invited by Michael Clifford. From what I remember, he left her a note with the number of the hotel room. She was a 5SOS fan, got excited, and went to the hotel. I want to mention the fact that all she wanted was to meet him and have a conversation with him.
She went to the hotel, knocked. He opened the door. Calum Hood was there too. She’s underaged and intimidated by them. she told me she felt uncomfortable but decided to stay to have a convo with Michael because it’s her favorite member and she had no reason to feel unsafe.
She sat on the bed, tried to talk to Michael and he started acting weird and he started touching her inappropriately. She wanted to leave so she pretended she had to go. Michael didn’t stop. Calum was also in the room and he started laughing.
She told me she started crying and Michael and Calum were laughing and making fun of her. I don’t remember what happened after. I also am not sure if the other members were there too. But I’m %100 sure Calum was there with mc.
5 Seconds of Summer’s Hood & Hemmings Spoke to Rolling Stone About the Number of Women They Had Sex With While on Tour
In an interview with Rolling Stone in 2015, Hemmings said life touring with One Direction was absolute madness. He said, “When you put four young dudes on a tour bus, playing theaters, then arenas, you’re going to have sex with a lot of girls, I guess. We had a good time.”
“Multiple girls at the same time?” Hemmings added. “The possibility is high. The possibilities are endless.”
Hood said, “I had all this attention from all these girls that would have never liked me in school, coming up to me and saying things, handing me numbers. It was like, ‘Holy s**t, f**k yeah!’ I got a bit reckless.”
Users online tweeted quotes from this interview to show support to the victims who shared their stories on Twitter. However, none of the allegations concerning Clifford have been confirmed, and the singer was quick to vehemently deny all the claims made against him.
Clifford Recently Apologized for Problematic Old Tweets That Resurfaced Online
Clifford apologized on Tuesday after a series of his old tweets came to light. In the tweets, which were published between 2012 and 2015, Clifford says, “f*g” multiple times and tweeted, “I am so bad at making sandwiches, I would be a terrible woman.”
On Saturday, Clifford tweeted, “Hi. I am so f***ing sorry for all the dumb s*** I did when I was younger. I am a different person now with a much better understanding of the world. some people have access to a digital megaphone a bit earlier than they should, unfortunately, I was one of them.”
He added, “I am so sorry for hurting anyone. It was never my intention. I was so naive and I am embarrassed and I am beyond sorry. I will continue to be better and I will continue to change. I never want to hurt anyone again.”