It’s been a busy summer for the Vegas based rockers Five Finger Death Punch, and things are only going to pick up in the coming months. The band has a brand new record coming out called ‘Got Your Six’ on September 4th and are set to embark on a co-headlining tour with Papa Roach, In This Moment and From Ashes To New this fall. First the band must contend with allegations of domestic abuse with their vocalist and a guitarist in recovery.
Guitarist Jason Hook had shoulder surgery over the weekend, which he revealed in an Instagram post. Hook did not specify what the surgery was for but did say in the caption that he is resting up at home and even joked about getting ready for the upcoming tour. “Laid up on the couch after today’s shoulder surgery…I’ve got new songs to learn for the tour arrrghhh” he wrote.
As for front man Ivan Moody, the news is a bit more out of the ordinary. A woman named Holly Smith who claims to be married to the singer, has filed for divorce, claiming that he was very violent and abusive during their relationship. According to the report by TMZ, she accused him of putting her into a headlock and choking her in a Vegas hotel room earlier this year; she went on to say that he punched her in the face repeatedly, causing her to suffer broken blood vessels around her eye and other injuries. This particular incident occurred after Smith found text messages from other women and accused Moody of being unfaithful. She also claims that he is the father of her child.
Although Smith did apparently have a previous relationship with Moody, his mangers and even other members of his band have denied that they were ever married and are adamant about the accusations being extremely false. The band’s other guitarist Zoltan Bathory weighed in on the matter via his Twitter account, saying that “none of those are true”.
Management for Moody released an official statement on the matter, saying that there are no records of an official marriage between Moody and Smith and that domestic violence is something that no one in the band condones as acceptable behavior.
“Holly Smith has made claims of domestic violence that were dismissed on July 14th, 2015. She has also claimed that she was married to Ivan Moody, which Ivan denies. A search of county clerk records in the location she claims to have gotten married showed no marriage certificate. Ms. Smith has also made statements alleging that Moody is the father of her child which has also been shown to be untrue.
We look forward to proving that there are no grounds for divorce in this case and that Ms Smith is not a credible source of information. Nobody in FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH condones domestic violence or abuse of any kind. The media attention is rife with false allegations and we hope that the media will start to follow the facts so that Ivan can move on.
Given the shameless attempt to become a media star with these false allegations, I think FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH can take this 15 minutes of fame and use the situation to promote their 6th album (GOT YOUR SIX, due out 9/4) and US tour (with Papa Roach, also starting on 9/4) as well. Early projections show the album looks to debut at #1 – we want to thank Ms Smith and TMZ for all their help!”
You can catch Ivan, Jason and the rest of Five Finger Death Punch on the road this fall – check out tour dates here.