Owen Pallett Settles Defamation Lawsuit Following Sexual Assault Allegations

Owen Pallett Settles Defamation Lawsuit Following Sexual Assault Allegations
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Owen Pallett has settled a defamation lawsuit against a woman who had accused him of sexual assault.

The news comes via a complaint, which was obtained by Pitchfork, filed in Toronto court. In the complaint, Pallett (whose legal name is Michael James Owen Plowright) accused the woman of "falsely and maliciously" spreading rumours within the music industry that he had sexually assaulted her.

Following a court ruling in his favour, Pallett received an unspecified amount in monetary damages, including "punitive, aggravated, and exemplary damages," plus interest and legal costs, Pitchfork reports. In addition, Pallett sought a permanent injunction preventing the woman from making defamatory statements about him in the future.

The 12-page complaint was reportedly filed in Ontario Superior Court of Justice on November 15, 2018, with Pallett denying he sexually assaulting the woman (who was unnamed in the Pitchfork report out of respect for her privacy).

According to the complaint, Pallett and the woman met in January 2015. On separate occasions in 2016 and 2018, Pallett claimed they engaged in "intimate encounters" that were consensual.

In 2018, the woman then "told a number of music industry professionals that Owen sexually assaulted her," according to the complaint.

These claims against Pallett were made "in order to manipulate him, seek monetary advances from him, ruin his career, and punish him for not reciprocating her requests for intimacy," the lawsuit claimed.

Pitchfork received a joint statement from both Pallett and the woman in the case. The statement reads: "We have apologized, and forgiven each other for our respective actions and statements."