Alice Glass has posted a note to her website alleging years of physical and emotional abuse during her tenure with Crystal Castles at the hands of her bandmate, Ethan Kath. The accusations are alarming, detailing that Kath (alias Claudio Palmieri) forced Glass “to have sex with him or, he said, I wouldn’t be allowed to be in the band anymore.” Read her full post here.
Glass hinted upon her initial statement of leaving Crystal Castles that her decision was based on an abusive relationship with Kath, the specifics of which she is now coming forward with. “He became physically abusive. He held me over a staircase and threatened to throw me down it. He picked me up over his shoulders and threw me onto concrete. He took pictures of my bruises and posted them online,” she writes.
She finishes by stating that exiting the band “was the single most difficult decision I’ve ever made… It has taken me years to recover from enduring almost a decade of abuse, manipulation and psychological control. I am still recovering.”
Kath has responded to the allegations in the following message sent to Pitchfork: “I am outraged and hurt by the recent statements made by Alice about me and our prior relationship. Her story is pure fiction and I am consulting my lawyers as to my legal options. Fortunately, there are many witnesses who can and will confirm that I was never abusive to Alice.”
We will update this story as it develops.
In related music news, Marilyn Manson has parted ways with longtime bassist Twiggy Ramirez following allegations of rape. Get the scoop on that here.
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