Ethan Kath of Crystal Castles is under investigation by Toronto police for alleged sex crimes. He has already been publicly accused of physically and sexually abusing his former bandmate Alice Glass, but this is a different accuser.
The Toronto police confirmed the investigation to the Daily Beast, saying there was an open Sex Crimes unit investigation into Kath, real name Claudio Palmieri. “At this point we are able to confirm that there is an investigation,” the police told the Daily Beast. “However, because of the nature of the investigation, and for the privacy of the alleged victims, there isn’t anything else that we can say pertaining to it.”
According to Daily Beast sources, the investigation involves “several women.” The site spoke to one women, who is remaining anonymous, and said that Palmieri reached out to her on social media when she was 15. He then initiated a sexual relationship with her when she was 16.
“I want this guy’s insane horrible mistreatment of underage girls to be out in the open for everyone to know and to protect themselves,” she says.
The pattern echoes what Alice Glass said in her statements about Palmieri where he allegedly approached her while she was in 10th grade, around 15 years old, and from there began an abusive, controlling relationship. Crystal Castles had to cancel their tour for the rest of 2017. Kath is also suing Glass for defamation, though we will see how that turns out given now he under police investigation.