“I will no longer be a victim of my weaknesses,” Allen wrote in a new statement.
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Jimmie Allen has addressed his ongoing controversy regarding allegations of sexual assault, sharing a new statement addressed to his wife and children.
The statement, shared earlier this morning (May 19) on his Instagram page, does not directly mention the accusations levied against him, which emerged last week after his former manager (identified pseudonymously as Jane Doe in formal documents) sued him for alleged assault and sexual abuse.
“I want to publicly apologize to my wife Alexis for humiliating her with my affair,” Allen wrote. “I’m embarrassed that my choices have brought shame on her. That’s something that she did not deserve at all. I also want to apologize to my children for being a poor example of a man and a father. I’m working on becoming a better person that my kids can be proud of. My goal is to be better than the generation before me.
“This business takes so much from you. It’s full of temptations that can cripple you and ruin everything you’ve built. I’m ashamed that I wasn’t strong enough to withstand them. I will no longer be a victim of my weaknesses. I challenge everyone to seek help when they need it. Do not be afraid of your weekness, surround yourself with people that WILL help you. Be Blessed.”
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In documents made public last Friday (May 12), Doe accused Allen of groping and raping her, with multiple incidents alleged to have occurred over a period of 18 months. In her formal lawsuit, she claimed that Allen raped her in March 2021, while they were both in Los Angeles to film an episode of American Idol (at which point Allen was appearing as a mentor on the show).
Another incident was alleged to have occurred in May 2021, when Allen was promoting his children’s book on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. It’s said that while Allen and Doe were on a flight together, he groped her breasts, pushed his erect penis on her, and attempted to push his fingers inside her.
In light of the allegations, Allen was dropped by his record label (BBR Music Group). Allen himself denied the allegations in a formal statement, writing shortly after the lawsuit emerged: "It is deeply troubling and hurtful that someone I counted as one of my closest friends, colleagues and confidants would make allegations that have no truth to them whatsoever.
"I acknowledge that we had a sexual relationship — one that lasted for nearly two years. During that time she never once accused me of any wrongdoing, and she spoke of our relationship and friendship as being something she wanted to continue indefinitely. Only after things ended between us, did she hire a lawyer to reach out and ask for money, which leads me to question her motives.
“The simple fact is, her accusations are not only false, but also extremely damaging. I've worked incredibly hard to build my career, and I intend to mount a vigorous defense [sic] to her claims and take all other legal action necessary to protect my reputation.”