Sigur Rós drummer Orri Páll Dýrason has resigned from the band after being accused of sexual assault and rape. The assault allegedly happened in Los Angeles in 2013 when the band was recording their album Kveikur.
Artist Meagan Boyd, who works under the name Yin Shadowz, made the allegations on her Instagram last week (via Pitchfork).
“I was drunk, and I had met him at a club (I had a brief period in which I was a dancer at a club called ‘the body shop’), I also engaged in a kiss with him before falling asleep in the same bed, after that I completely knocked out. I woke up with the feeling of being penetrated without my consent during a deep slumber,” she wrote. “It happened twice that night, and I wondered [to] myself why I didn’t leave after the first time—but I was drunk, dead tired, in shock, and this was right before I ever heard of anything like Uber/Lyft.... But none of that should matter because no one deserves to be raped/touched/licked/fucked without CONSENT.”
A second now deleted post allegedly showed a series of emails between Boyd and Orri via Pitchfork. He disputed her recollection of the night. “I cannot understand why you would want to publicly accuse me of something I did not do,” he allegedly said. Later, he allegedly added, “I am so sorry you are going through all this. But my experience from that night is completely different from yours.”
He continues, “We had a nice night drawing and drinking at my flat; and then we went to bed. The next day you even wanted to stay and asked me if you could, but I had to go to the studio and you got upset about that. We had a good time together. I like your art and I think you are a talented artist and I enjoyed being with you.”
Boyd responded, “I was not mad you had to leave at all! I was mad that I woke up to a fucking dick inside me without consent! You acted like you didn’t know why I was upset. I screamed at you telling you, ‘You don’t fuck people who are asleep!’ You asked me to stay and for my number and even invited me to go to the studio. I cried for the whole way home and after. I had trauma for months and for years have not been able to forget how awful you made me feel and how used and taken advantage of.”
The band released a statement on their Facebook, saying that in the wake of the allegations they have accepted his resignation so he can deal with them privately.
Dýrason denies the allegations, thanking those who have supported him, saying in a statement on his personal Facebook, “I will do anything in my power to get myself out of this nightmare, but out of respect for those actually suffering from sexual violence, I will not take that fight public.”