Ariel Pink, the indie musician born Ariel Marcus Rosenberg, has been accused of abusive behaviour towards an ex-girlfriend in a court case, a legal battled that has surfaced following the singer unsuccessfully attempting to get a restraining order against their former partner.
Rosenberg failed in his bid secure the civil harassment against ex-girlfriend Charlotte Ercoli Coe on January 6, according to Pitchfork. The publication state that Los Angeles County Superior Court Commissioner Laura Cohen ordered Pink’s case “hereby stricken and dismissed”. In his initial petition for the order, Ariel Pink stated that Coe was “falsely claiming he was a sexual ‘predator’” and claimed she told mutual friends that he had previously committed sexual offences.
The latest incident that appeared on his restraining orders petition took place from “July 29, 2020 up through present.” This is said to be a letter that Coe sent Pink’s old record label, Mexican Summer, “with the intent of having [Pink]” dismissed from the label. They got rid of the musician last week after it emerged that he was one of the pro-Donald Trump Capitol protesters. Coe has admitted that she contacted Mexican Summer after discovering the company “was adopting a zero-tolerance policy toward abuse and harassment.”
Coe also filed a declaration to deny Pink’s restraining order request on October 14, where she made allegations about his behaviour and that he “physically attacked” her onstage during a San Francisco concert in 2017. Following the incident, she immediately dismissed as the pair “having fun” in a Twitter post, but has now said that the tweet was made “under pressure from” Pink and described his behaviour as “battery”.
She also alleged Pink “bullied [her] into [having] unprotected sex with him,” and that he “infected [her] with herpes after [the two] had unprotected sex.” Also, she alleged that in 2018 she found out that the singer had “illegally distributed naked pictures” of her “to some of his fans.”
Responding to the allegations, Pink’s lawyer Thomas Mortimer told Pitchfork: “The pending matter is now on appeal and the subject of a separate lawsuit in the Los Angeles Superior Court. It is [Pink’s] position that the speech and communications at the heart of the case are not protected and [are] defamatory.”
As previously mentioned, record label Mexican Summer last week decided to end their working relationship with Ariel Pink following the news that the musician attended the pro-Donald Trump rally in Washington. “Due to recent events, Mexican Summer and its staff have decided to end our working relationship with Ariel Rosenberg AKA Ariel Pink moving forward,” the label said in a short statement issued to social media.
“I was in DC to peacefully show my support for the president,” Pink said. “I attended the rally on the white house lawn and went back to hotel and took a nap. Case closed.”