Former DOPE/PRIMER 55 drummer Preston Nash has spoken out in defense of ex-STATIC-X guitarist Tripp Eisen amid allegations that Eisen sexually assaulted at least two underage girls that he met online. Writing to STATIC-X's official message board, where the overall sentiment has been overwhelmingly negative towards Tripp ever since news of Eisen's arrest broke on Saturday (Feb. 26), Nash said, "I'm frankly sickened and disappointed by the response of so many people on this message board. Listen up: THERE'S TOO MANY HOLES IN THE STORY AND NOT ENOUGH INFORMATION AVAILABLE FOR ANYONE HERE TO BE JUDGING AND CRUCIFYING TRIPP RIGHT NOW!!! Yes, Tripp is in trouble, but exactly what happened is not fully known yet, and for anyone to be mouthing off and gossiping right now about this situation is stupid and unfair to Tripp and STATIC-X. I know Tripp probably better than anyone here on this board, and I can say this...I've lived with Tripp both in NJ and CA, and of course toured with him in DOPE for 2 years. I've never seen him or have known him to have any sexually physical interaction with underage girls. I'm not saying that that makes him innocent of any of this, no more than a couple of paragraphs on Blabbermouth makes him guilty."As a parent who finds kid-touching the ultimate in reprehensible behavior, I hope he's innocent. But more information needs to be brought to light. Hopefully there's an explanation for all this, but until we know for sure, lighten up, and try giving the benefit of the doubt to a man who is a great person and brilliant performer... "Innocent until proven guilty, and gossip doesn't make someone guilty."
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