Travis Barker 'Disgusted' By Man Contacting His 13-Year-Old Daughter
Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker says he was "disgusted" to find out that a 20-year-old musician named Graham Sierota was allegedly exhibiting predatory behavior towards Barker's 13-year-old daughter Alabama.
Alabama posted screenshots to her Instagram from alleged direct messages sent by Sierota, who plays drums for the indie-pop band Echosmith. The messages date back to 2016 and show repeated attempts by Sierota to make contact with Alabama.
At one point, Graham appeared to say, "By the way I'm Graham from echosmith and I think ur beautiful." Alabama did not respond to the messages until last month, when Sierota invited her on July 12th to a BBQ he was hosting at his house. Alabama finally responded on July 21st, writing, "Ur like 40."
Graham allegedly responded a short time later, saying, "I just wanted to say i really like ur music and sorry for messaging and I'm 20." The last message from Alabama replied, "Ok but u understand I'm a child?" She later posted on Instagram that the situation was "super creepy."
Travis Barker said in a statement to 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 . . . That's predatory behavior and there is nothing cool, normal or ok about it at all."
Sierota issued an apology on Thursday (August 1st), writing, "I had invited Alabama to my parents' big family BBQ along with many other people, and it wasn't until she responded that I realized her age at which point I apologized to her. I'm really sorry and feel very badly about this. I didn't realize 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 apologize again to Alabama, her dad Travis, and her family."
Travis Barker has not said anything further, but Alabama took to Instagram on Friday (August 2nd), saying, "(Sierota) is very sorry about the situation and regretful. I forgive him and would like for this all to be over."
Sierota's family issued a statement later that day, revealing that he was on the autism spectrum and "has difficulty understanding social cues." The family added, "We understand that his interactions were misinterpreted and misunderstood in the confusing world of social media, and we are deeply sorry. Graham certainly never meant to make anyone feel uncomfortable."