Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker has slammed 20-year-old Echosmith musician Graham Sierota for sending flirty DMs to his 13-year-old daughter, Alabama.
The teenager took to Instagram to expose Sierota for DMing her by sharing screenshots beginning with a message from 2016 when she was just 10.
“By the way I’m Graham from Echosmith and I think ur beautiful,” read one of his first messages, which she left on read.
Then last month, he sent her an invitation to a BBQ. A week later, she responded saying “Ur like 40.”
In response, he wrote, “I just wanted to say i really like ur music and sorry for messaging and I’m 20.”
She responded, “Ok but u understand I’m a child?”, before sharing screenshots to her Instagram Stories with the caption, “Hey guys! So once again I am bringing this to your attention because I’m a 13 year old girl and he is 21/20 super creepy.”
She also tagged Echosmith’s official account in the Stories.
“When I found out a 20-year-old man was trying to get in touch with my 13-year-old daughter by filling her Instagram messages with party invites and compliments I was disgusted.
“That’s predatory behaviour and there is nothing cool, normal or OK about it at all.”
Sierota has since apologised, claiming that he had not realised Alabama was a child and he had unwittingly made a “careless mistake”.
In a statement to Just Jared, he added: “I had invited Alabama to my parents’ big family BBQ along with many other people, and it wasn’t until she responded that I realised her age, at which point I apologised to her.”
“I’m really sorry and feel very badly about this.
“I didn’t realise she was a minor and assumed she was my age. I made a careless mistake and this is a big lesson for me.
“I would like to apologise again to Alabama, her dad Travis and her family.”
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