Sun Kil Moon's Mark Kozelek accused of sexual assault and misconduct by three different women
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Sun Kil Moon’s Mark Kozelek accused of sexual assault and misconduct by three different women

Mark Kozelek, the singer of Sun Kil Moon, has been accused of sexual misconduct by three different women.

In a wide-ranging report published by Pitchfork, the allegations made against Kozelek detail separate incidents which occurred inside hotel rooms.

The first allegation, made by Los Angeles mental health specialist Sarah Catherine Golden, claims that Kozelek committed sexual assault inside a hotel room in November 2017. Golden details how she left the room to smoke on the balcony and, after joining her outside, Kozelek had removed items of clothing was only wearing a T-shirt and underpants.

Heading back into the room, Golden claims Kozelek proceeded to lay on a single bed and asked her to stay the night. After refusing his advances, she claims that the singer-songwriter’s mood and demeanour then changed drastically. The woman alleges that Kozelek took the decision to push the two twin beds together and forcefully lay on top of her.

“At that point, I was kind of in shock,” she told Pitchfork. “I told him I really needed to get a cab, if he could please just call for it.”

Distressingly, Golden then details how she was able to call for a taxi and, while waiting, Kozelek allegedly starting grabbing at her body and clothes and attempting to kiss her. The incident escalated as Golden claims that the musician then began masturbating before forcibly making her touch his penis.

A second alleged assault, made by an unnamed woman going by the pseudonym of Andrea, claimed Kozelek exposed himself to her without her in September 2014 when she was aged just 19. The alleged incident is said to have taken place in a hotel room located in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The alleged attack then said to have taken place when Kozelek took a bath while the woman was in the hotel suite, leaving the door open to the bathroom to expose himself. After leaving the bath and wearing just a towel, the woman claims the musician “pretty much just pounced on me,” before having intercourse with her.

She detailed: “He was on top, and I think I was visibly frozen, because afterwards he was like, are you OK?,” she said. “Because I was stuck in this hotel room with him, I didn’t have the courage to be like, no, that wasn’t OK, and that’s not what I wanted to do.”

The third account of misconduct was made by a female musician who asked to remain anonymous. The woman claims Kozelek invited her and another musician to his hotel room following a music festival in 2014 and proceeded to act inappropriately.

Kozelek is yet to respond to the claims.


For those affected by this news story and require specialist help, please find a selection of leading charities focusing on sexual assault support below.

Rape Crisis England and Wales

“Rape Crisis England and Wales is the national umbrella organisation for Rape Crisis Centres across England and Wales. As a registered charity, Rape Crisis also works to raise awareness of sexual violence and campaign for change.”

Contact Information, here.

Safeline

“Established in 1994, Safeline is a specialised charity working to prevent sexual abuse and to support those affected in their recovery. This includes working with people whose mental health issues (manifesting for example as self-harming) suggest that they may be vulnerable to abuse.”

Contact Information, here.

NSPCC

“The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children is a charity campaigning and working in child protection in the United Kingdom and the Channel Islands.”

Contact Information, here.

Survivors UK – Male rape and sexual abuse

“SurvivorsUK was established as a service for male survivors, to cater for people not provided for by other services. We are an inclusive service and welcome anyone who identifies as male, trans, non-binary, has identified as male in the past, or anyone who feels that we are the right fit for them.”

Contact Information, here.

The Survivors Trust

“The Survivors Trust is a national umbrella agency for over 125 specialist voluntary sector agencies throughout the UK and Ireland providing a range of counselling, therapeutic and support services working with women, men and children who are victims/survivors of rape, sexual violence and sexual abuse.”

Contact Information, here.

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