Crystal Castles’ Ethan Kath Accused by Alice Glass of Rape & Abuse

Another shoe in the entertainment industry drops, with more surely to come.

By Fred Mills

Pitchfork is reporting that Alice Glass, who co-founded provocative indie rockers Crystal Castles with Ethan Kath but left in 2014 for a solo career, has accused Kath of rape and sexual assault via a lengthy post on her website. Recall that when she originally announced her departure from the band, the singer somewhat cryptically explained it by saying, “My art and my self-expression in any form has always been an attempt towards sincerity, honesty, and empathy for others. For a multitude of reasons both professional and personal I no longer feel that this is possible within CC. ”

Now we know that Kath (aka Claudio Palmieri) had allegedly been abusing Glass for some time by that point—and prior to the formation of the band—additionally forcing her to have sex with him. Glass writes, in part,

“Claudio was very manipulative towards me. He figured out my insecurities and exploited them: he used the things he learned about me against me. Over a period of many months, he gave me drugs and alcohol and had sex with me in an abandoned room at an apartment he managed. It wasn’t always consensual and he remained sober whenever we were together.

“He became physically abusive. He held me over a staircase and threatened to throw me down it. He picked me up over his shoulders and threw me onto concrete. He took pictures of my bruises and posted them online. I tried to leave, and he swore that it would never happen again, that he would never physically abuse me again. More severe psychological and emotional abuse took its place.

“Leaving Crystal Castles was the single most difficult decision I’ve ever made—that band was everything to me. My music, my performances and my fans were all I had in the world. I gave that up and started over not because I wanted to but because I had to. As difficult as it was, I knew that leaving was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. It has taken me years to recover from enduring almost a decade of abuse, manipulation and psychological control. I am still recovering.”

Kath has responded with some swift spin control—and in considerable less detail than the long and quite graphic one that Glass wrote —through his attorney with a statement: “I am outraged and hurt by the recent statements made by Alice about me and our prior relationship. 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.”

More details as they emerge.


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