Alice Glass, who left the band Crystal Castles in 2014 citing ‘creative differences’, has accused co-founder Ethan Kath of sexual abuse.
In a statement issued to her website, Glass explains detailed and lengthy claims of stalking, physical abuse and sexual abuse as well as being forced to have sex with Ethan Kath (real name Claudio Palmieri).
“I met ‘Ethan Kath’ when I was in the 10th grade,” Glass writes. “The first time he took advantage of me was when I was around 15.” To add to the harrowing accusations, she says: “He forced me to have sex with him or, he said, I wouldn’t be allowed to be in the band anymore.”
“I’ve been very guarded about the information I’ve given and I haven’t publicly named names—because I’ve been afraid. I’ve been threatened and harassed and as a result, out of fear, I’ve been silenced,” she opens. “The momentum that’s been created recently by the many courageous women who have opened up about their own stories has inspired me to finally be more direct, at whatever cost.”
After explaining how she was naive when she met Kath, Glass details the abuse: “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,” she said. adding: “I wasn’t allowed to have my own phone or my own credit card, he decided who my friends were, read through my private emails, restricted my access to social media, regulated everything I ate.
“He told me that my feminism made me a target for rapists and only he could protect me. He forced me to have sex with him or, he said, I wouldn’t be allowed to be in the band anymore.”
She concludes: “Leaving Crystal Castles was the single most difficult decision I’ve ever made—that band was everything to me. My music, my performances and my fans were all I had in the world. I gave that up and started over not because I wanted to but because I had to. As difficult as it was, I knew that leaving was one of the best decisions 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.”
Read the full statement, here.