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Alice Glass Releases Statement of Abuse and Rape, Ethan Kath Responds

Alice Glass Releases Statement of Abuse and Rape, Ethan Kath Responds”

"He forced me to have sex with him, or, he said, I wouldn't be allowed in the band anymore".

Kath denies her claim, calling it "pure fiction".

Glass says she was inspired to post the statement based on the "the many courageous women" who have recently spoken out about their experiences with being abused.

'Fortunately, there are many witnesses who can and will confirm that I was never abusive to Alice'. Tumblr ended up removing Crystal Castles from the lineup after enormous pressure from fans online.

Glass said she met Kath when she was about 15 years old and Kath was 10 years older.

"I was very young and naive and in a compromised position in my life", she wrote, adding that she thought of Kath as a "local rock star" and believed that older men taking advantage of younger women was a normalized behavior. Soon after, she posted a follow-up on Facebook to clear up that her new career had "NOTHING" to do with Crystal Castles: "I left that band not because I wanted to but because I needed to". It wasn't always consensual...

After her departure, Glass spoke out against Kath on at least one occasion, as she commented on an upcoming performance of theirs at a feminism-centric SXSW party hosted by microblogging site Tumblr.

The singer said Kath was very manipulative and used her insecurities against her after he figured them out. "I am still recovering", she wrote.

Glass describes incidents in which Kath allegedly threatened to throw her down staircases and threw her onto concrete, leaving bruises. Glass left in 2014, explaining: "My art and my self-expression in any form has always been an attempt towards sincerity, honesty and empathy for others".

Glass announced she was leaving Chrystal Castles in 2014, at the time stating her reasons for leaving only as "professional and personal".

She accuses him of further abuse after the pair had formed Crystal Castles and began touring the world.

Glass said the pair didn't talk for months after this encounter but Kath tracked her down and they "eventually reconnected".

"Leaving Crystal Castles was the single most hard decision I've ever made - that band was everything to me..."

Glass responded: "For the record, I wrote nearly all of the lyrics in my former band and the vast majority of the vocal melodies", adding: "I was a founding member of Crystal Castles and shaped the sound and aesthetic from the very beginning... manipulative statements about my contributions to the band only reinforce the decision I made to move on to other things". It has taken me years to recover from. abuse, manipulation and psychological control.



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