Country singer Jimmie Allen issued a public apology to his wife and children Thursday (May 18) amid allegations that he sexually assaulted and abused his day-to-day manager.
In the statement posted to Allen’s social media, the “Best Shot” singer apologized for “humiliating” his wife and admitted to being unfaithful.
“I’m embarrassed that my choices have brought shame on her. That’s something that she did not deserve at all,” Allen wrote.
The singer added an apology to his children for being a “poor example of a man and a father,” saying that he is working to be a man his kids can be proud of.
Jimmie, who was riding high on his success following a tour with Carrie Underwood, went on to say that he had fallen victim to his “weaknesses.”
“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,” the statement reads.
Jimmie Allen’s statement comes one week after his day-to-day manager filed a lawsuit against him.
In the lawsuit, the unnamed staffer claims that Allen “raped her and repeatedly subjected her to sexual abuse and harassment over a period of 18 months,” per Variety.
The civil lawsuit against Allen, his former label Wide Open Music, and the label’s founder, Ash Bowers, was filed on Thursday, May 12, with the United States District Court of Tennessee. Allen is being sued for “sexual battery, assault, false imprisonment, sex trafficking and emotional distress.” Bowers and Wide Open Music are being sued for “gross negligence and participating in a venture engaged in sex trafficking, among other counts.”
Since news of the lawsuit became public, Allen’s talent agency, publicist and management team have suspended him from their rosters.
Prior to the allegations, Jimmie and his wife of 3 years announced their separation and shared that they were expecting their third child together.