Alice Glass accuses former Crystal Castles bandmate of sexual assault, abuse
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Glass details years of alleged abuse from Crystal Castles co-founder "Ethan Kath" (Claudio Palmieri). She explains that he targeted her insecurities and controlled her behavior: “my eating habits, who I could talk to, where I could go, what I could say in public, what I was allowed to wear.”
She starts the note by saying that she felt comfortable enough opening up because of the courageous women that have recently shared their own stories 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.
The momentum that’s been created recently by the many courageous women who have opened up about their own stories has inspired me to finally be more direct, at whatever cost. This is for my own recovery, for the other women who have been, are currently, or may be in a similar situation with the man who abused me for years, and for those in abusive relationships who are looking to stand up and speak out…
Glass explains in her statement that she met Ethan Kath (Palmieri) when she was 15, and he was 10 years older than her at the time. She explains that he had stalked her, tracked her down and began his manipulative behavior.
While recording the band’s first EP, he continued the abuse and controlling behavior, which lasted for years years. Through the physical and emotional abuse, she explains that she had felt suicidal, and even after leaving Crystal Castles, she’s still recovering from the decade of abuse and manipulation.
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.
You can read Glass’ statement in full here.
Alice Glass left Crystal Castles in Oct. 2014. At the time, she said, “For a multitude of reasons both professional and personal I no longer feel that this is possible within CC.”
If you or someone you know has been a victim of sexual assault or abuse, there is help to be found. Please consider these online resources:
A Voice For The Innocent - http://www.avoicefortheinnocent.org
Anti Violence Project (serves LGBT) - https://avp.org
Punk Talks - https://www.punktalks.org
National Sexual Assault Hotline - 800.656.4673
National Sexual Violence Resource Center - https://www.nsvrc.org