Former Crystal Castles lead singer Alice Glass has shared an emotional letter on her website, detailing years of assault from former bandmate Ethan Kath.
Glass – who left the band in 2014 – goes into detail in her letter on the ways in which she was sexually, physically and emotionally abused by Kath over the years. She writes: “I met “Ethan Kath” (Claudio Palmieri) when I was in the 10th grade. The first time he took advantage of me was when I was around 15.”
“He was 10 years older than me. I came to in the back of his car extremely intoxicated (from drinks he had given me that night). We didn’t talk for months after that. He went to great lengths to find me again, stalking me and driving past my high school looking for me.”
She adds that “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.”
The 34-year-old Kath – who is still apart of the band – has denied the accusations, with his attorney sending a statement to Pitchfork that writes: “I am outraged and hurt by the recent statements made by Alice about me and our prior relationship.”
He goes on to say “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.”
As a Crystal Castles fan, this is extremely hard to see. We will update this story as more unfolds.