Published Dec 21, 2017Former Crystal Castles member Alice Glass accused her bandmate Ethan Kath of mental, physical, emotional and sexual abuse, including rape, earlier this year. Kath denied her claims, though the band's tour was cancelled. He's since filed a defamation lawsuit against Glass. Now, however, it looks as if the Toronto Police Department is investigating multiple sex crime allegations against Kath, including those from Glass.
The Daily Beast has published a lengthy report wherein the publication confirm that the police are looking into multiple sexual assault allegations lodged against Kath, whose real name is Claudio Palmieri.
Police Const. Allyson Douglas-Cook confirmed that the investigation is happening, though she couldn't provide further details.
"At this point we are able to confirm that there is an investigation," she said. "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."
A source close to the investigation said that "several women" have accused Palmieri of sexual misconduct. One of the accusers spoke with The Daily Beast under the condition that she remained anonymous. She said that Palmieri first reached out to her on social media when she was 15 before initiating 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 said.
UPDATE (12/22, 1 p.m. EST): Following the news of the police investigation, Toronto police have further confirmed their involvement in the case to the CBC. In a statement, Kath's lawyer, Shane Bernard of the law offices of Bernard & Bernard, said the musician did not engage in any sex acts with minors.
"I have no doubt that the individuals spreading these lies are motivated by their own self interest and financial gain," Bernard told the CBC. "These sickening and vile allegations are an attempt to injure my client's reputation and in turn hurt actual victims of abuse."
Stay tuned for more details as they become available.