Ethan Kath, the founding member of Crystal Castles, is suing his former bandmate Alice Glass after she accused him of rape a serious sexual assault.
Alice Glass, who left the band Crystal Castles in 2014 citing ‘creative differences’, has revealed the real reason she departed was due to the sexual misconduct of co-founder Ethan Kath.
In a new 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’ (Claudio Palmieri) 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.”
However, after initially issuing a denial, Kath has decided to take legal action against Glass claiming she is “still bitter about their break-up” and is “just trying to get attention to jumpstart her new musical venture.” Kath also explains how he believes Glass’ mental health is a reason for the ‘lies’.
A new statement from Kath reads: “Alice and I had a long ongoing relationship both personal and professional. When she suddenly left Crystal Castles to handle her mental health issues and substance abuse issues I fully supported her.
“I will continue to support her quest to wellness but I can’t support extortion, false claims, and accusations put forth after the band attained new success without her. False allegations take away voice from true victims and that’s what saddens me most about all of this.”