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Sigur Rós drummer leaves the band after being accused of serious sexual assault

Orri Páll Dýrason, the drummer of Icelandic rock band Sigur Rós, has left the band having been accused of serious sexual assault.

Dýrason has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman in Los Angeles in 2013. He joined the band in 1999, shortly after the recording of their album Ágætis byrjun, when the previous drummer, Ágúst Ævar Gunnarsson, left the band.

In response to the allegations, he has now left the band. A statement was released on the band’s Facebook page, it reads: “In the wake of the extremely serious and personal allegations made against him in recent days,” Sigur Ros members Jónsi & Georg wrote. “we have today accepted the resignation of our bandmate Orri Páll Dýrason to allow him to deal with this privately,” they added.

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Here is the statement: