Sigur Rós Drummer Orri Páll Dýrason Leaves Band Following Sexual Assault Allegations
Remaining band members Jónsi Birgisson and Georg Hólm issued a statement, which reads:
In the wake of the extremely serious and personal allegations made against him in recent days we have today accepted the resignation of our bandmate Orri Páll Dyrason to allow him to deal with this privately.
The allegations emerged last week, when Los Angeles-based artist Meagan Boyd shared an Instagram post detailing an encounter with the drummer in 2013.
She accused Dýrason of rape, saying that she was drunk when she met him at a club, but after sharing a kiss and falling asleep in the same bed, she "woke up with the feeling of being penetrated without my consent during a deep slumber."
In a follow-up post, Boyd shared screenshots of emails between her and Dýrason in which he maintained, "I did not assault you." Instead, he remembered their encounter by saying they'd "had a good time together." That post has since been removed from Instagram, but you can see the original post below.
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In January of 2013 I was sexually assaulted by a member of the band @sigurros when they were in Los Angeles recording an album that was set to come out later that same year. My assailant's name is Orri Páll Dýrason. I never reported it. I never expressed my pain publicly. I harbored this ache now for almost 6 years... for many reasons. I felt no one would believe me, I felt I had been irresponsible for trusting him just because he was in a band I loved and I respected him as an artist. 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.. it happened twice that night, and I wondered 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. (((My heart is racing and I'm shaking just typing this.))) I wasn't ready to go public in the midst of the hype of the #metoo movement because just speaking about it gives me intense anxiety and I was about to give birth to my first child. In the wake of the news of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford calling out Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, I was triggered to speak out myself. Ironically, he's now engaged to feminist activist who is also the founder of the Icelandic Slut walk. #endrapeculture