Crystal Castles’ upcoming tour dates have been cancelled following the allegations of rape and abuse against Ethan Kath by his former bandmate Alice Glass.
In a new statement on 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, whose real name is 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.”
Following the news, several high profile venues have removed the band from upcoming live performances. Now, facing a wave of scrutiny, Kath has responded to the claims in a statement issued to Pitchfork by his attorney: “I am outraged and hurt by the recent statements made by Alice about me and our prior relationship,” he said.
“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.”