Travis Barker slams Echosmith's drummer for messaging his 13-year-old daughter calling it 'predatory behaviour'

2019-08-02 11:14
 
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 14:  Musician Travis Barker


Cape Town – On Thursday, Travis Barker's 13-year-old daughter took to Instagram revealing Echosmith drummer, Graham Sierota sent her a string of messages – some dating back to 2016, when Alabama Luella Barker was just 10 years old. 

"Hey guys! So once again I am bringing this to your attention," posted Alabama, tagging the drummer's band Echosmith, according to PEOPLE, on the screenshots revealing Graham attempting to contact her via Instagram several times. "I'm a 13-year-old girl and he is 21/20 super creepy," she wrote.

The post has since been removed, but The Blast managed to obtain screenshots of the chat between the two. Alabama didn't reply to any of the messages – one read, "By the way I'm Graham from Echosmith and I think ur beautiful" – but when he persisted and recently sent her an invitation to a braai, she responded, "Ur like 40." 

"I just wanted to say I really like ur music and sorry for messaging and I'm 20," Graham replied. "Ok but u understand I'm a child?" said Alabama.

Travis Barker called it "predatory behaviour". He told the blast, "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. 

"There is nothing cool, normal or okay about it at all," he said. 

According to E! News, Graham has since issued a statement and apologised for what he called a "careless mistake".  

 "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 would like to apologise again to Alabama, her dad Travis, and her family." 

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