Mark Kozelek Accused of Sexual Misconduct by Seven More Women

BY Alex HudsonPublished Mar 25, 2021

Last year, Mark Kozelek was accused of sexual misconduct by three women. Seven more women have now come forward about the Sun Kil Moon/Red House Painters songwriter, including multiple accusations of sexual assault.

The following article contains potentially triggering material relating to sexual assault and violence. If you believe you have experienced or witnessed sexual misconduct and are looking for support, consult the Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime to find resources in your area.

The seven new accusers alleged that Kozelek committed harmful and illegal acts, including exposing himself and masturbating without consent. Among the claims is also one allegation of rape.

Kozelek, meanwhile, has once again denied these latest allegations via a statement through his lawyer.

Pitchfork spoke with seven women, including Ella (who used a pseudonym). She was 20 when she met Kozelek at a Sun Kil Moon concert in 2017. She said that Kozelek initially said he was only interested in her as a potential friend, but after they went to his hotel room, he began touching her sexually despite her saying no.

She said, "Because I knew he was going to do it anyway, I finally said, 'Can you at least use a condom?' I wasn't on birth control. He called room service and they brought him a condom. I think he put it on. And then he raped me. I said, 'Please don't.' And he did."

Other women reported meeting Kozelek at shows; he would then take them back to a hotel room (or, in one case, the woman's apartment), where he would remove his clothes and repeatedly ask the women for sex or if he could masturbate. Most of the incidents took place between 2014 and 2017; another took place in 2008 and another occurred in 1993.

Kozelek said this about these latest reports: "I continue to categorically deny that I engaged in the inappropriate incidents falsely depicted in the media. I intend to vigorously defend myself against these untruthful allegations and to pursue and protect my rights in the event that false and defamatory statements are disseminated or published."

Read all of the women's accounts over at Pitchfork.

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