Canadian musician Alice Glass has posted a statement accusing Ethan Kath, her former bandmate in the duo Crystal Castles, of sexual assault.
“Some of you may be aware that I’ve opened up about my experiences with abuse in the past. I’ve been very guarded about the information I’ve given, and I haven’t publicly named names—because I’ve been afraid. I’ve been threatened and harassed, and as a result, out of fear, I’ve been silenced.” Glass wrote on her website.
Glass says that she and Kath, whose real name is Claudio Palmieri, first met when she was in high school. She details that subsequently, “over a period of many months, he gave me drugs and alcohol and had sex with me in an abandoned room in an apartment he managed,” she writes. “It wasn’t always consensual.”
She says the abuse continued after the pair had formed Crystal Castles and began touring the world. “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 on to concrete… He forced me to have sex with him or, he said, I wouldn’t be allowed to be in the band anymore.”
The two met when Glass was just a young teen. “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.” Wrote Glass. “A lot of my friends from the punk scene had also been taken advantage of by much older men, so to me, it was a situation that had been normalized.”
Fame came fast for the duo, “Soon after, we were invited to tour the UK. I was overwhelmed by how quickly things were happening for us, and Claudio convinced me to drop out of high school only 2 credits away from graduation…. Our fame grew in Crystal Castles, but he didn’t feel he was getting the recognition he thought he deserved.”
“He controlled everything I did. I wasn’t allowed to have my own phone or my own credit card, he decided who my friends were, read through my private emails, restricted my access to social media, regulated everything I ate. He berated me and yelled at me, telling me that I was a joke, that all the people that came to our shows were only interested in his instrumentals and that I was ruining the band. He broke glass shower doors to frighten me, he locked me into rooms. He told me that my feminism made me a target for rapists and only he could protect me. He forced me to have sex with him or, he said, I wouldn’t be allowed to be in the band anymore.” Glass continued.
Glass says she dared to make the statement thanks to “The momentum that’s been created recently by the many courageous women who have opened up about their own stories… This is for my own recovery…”
“It has taken me years to recover from enduring almost a decade of abuse, manipulation and psychological control. I am still recovering,” the singer wrote.
Glass, whose 29, eventually left the band in October 2014 after battling suicidal thoughts for years.