Sigur Rós drummer Orri Páll Dýrason responds as more details of alleged sexual assault emerge
Orri Páll Dýrason, the drummer of Icelandic rock band Sigur Rós, has issued a new statement following more detailed accusations of serious sexual assault made against him.
Dýrason, who has left the band following the alleged assault, his issued a denial against the allegations made against Megan Boyd.
Now, Boyd has detailed her claims of what allegedly took place on the night of January 9th, 2013. At the time, she was aged 26 and working at ‘The Body Shop, a strip club in West Hollywood. ON the alleged night of the assault, Boyd explained to Pitchfork that she was working in the club when, at around 3.30am, she was approached by a man ‘in a nice car’ while she was having a cigarette outside her place of work. The man claimed to be the driver of a band in town. Boyd then claims she was urged to ask the band for a dance before Dýrason entered the club.
“Sometimes when you have admiration for someone you just trust them,” said Boyd. “That’s why I went along with it. There’s no other circumstances that I would have left the club with a guy, ever.” She said, “When you work in environments like that you have to expect that men are going to feel like they have the right to disrespect you.
“But when I met Orri he didn’t seem like he was one of those guys… You wouldn’t think somebody in that band would even be at a strip club.”
What happened next, according to Boyd, is that she and Dýrason left the club together and carried on drinking into the night before ending up in a bed together. Dýrason is then alleged to have explained to Boyd this his wife had just given birth to his child, before suggesting that they both get naked. Boyd claims she refused his approach and instead insisted that they just sleep.
However, Boyd’s next account of the story finds Dýrason allegedly performing oral sex on her while she slept, before engaging in penetrative sex without her consent. “I was really traumatised,” she said. “I had a lot of weird problems with men and I was afraid of men. It was a really difficult time for me.”
“I didn’t want to have happen what’s happening now,” she added:
In email correspondence with Boyd, Dýrason denied the allegations made against him. Now, while in conversation with Pitchfork, the drummer has confirmed that those emails took place but denied the alleged sexual activity. Instead, Dýrason claims the pair stayed up drinking but did not go to bed together.
“My comment is I didn’t do anything,” he concluded.
Following his resignation from the band at the of the original allegations, Dýrason wrote on his official Facebook account: “I cannot have these serious allegations influence the band and the important and beautiful work that has been done there for the last years.”
“I will do anything in my power to get myself out of this nightmare, but out of respect for those actually suffering from sexual violence, I will not take that fight public,” he added.