Drummer Orri Pall Dyrason has been dropped by the band Sigur Ros after allegations of rape were made against him.
In a statement on Facebook, the Icelandic band wrote, “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 Pall Dyrason to allow him to deal with this privately.”
Dyrason has been with the band since 1999; his resignation comes days after the allegations against him emerged.
According to Rolling Stone, in a now-deleted Instagram post, Los Angeles artist Meagan Boyd wrote that Dyrason “raped me 2 times over the course of a night spent with him during his stay in Los Angeles recording an album.
“Today is the first time I truly wanted to cry as I’ve pushed down and repressed my trauma for years. His name is Orri Pall Dyrason and he is in a band called Sigur Ros.”
Explaining that the assaults occurred in 2013, she said, “I never reported it. I never expressed my pain publicly. I harboured 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.
Writing that she was inspired to come forward by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony last week detailing sexual assault allegations against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Boyd said, “I also engaged in a kiss with him before falling asleep in the same bed, after that I completely knocked out.”
She added, “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 … but none of that should matter because no one deserves to be raped/touched/licked/f**ked without CONSENT.”
Boyd claimed that Instagram had flagged and removed previous posts showing evidence of the incident, and that she was “looking to speak with a lawyer as well – this story is beginning to build momentum and hype and some legal advice would be appreciated.”
In his own statement on Facebook, Dyrason wrote, “This matter has undeniably taken its toll on me for the past few days. Justifiably, some will say, and I do not intend to argue with those people. However, I sincerely ask the same people to steer their anger into the right path and abstain from dragging my family, and especially my wife, into this matter. At the same time, I ask people to stay calm and not to be divided into two battling armies, these are not court proceedings, just Meagan’s words against mine, on the internet. Loud and provocative words are in nobody’s favour – neither to me or her.
“In light of the scale of this matter, I have decided to leave Sigur Rós,” he added. “That is a difficult decision for me, but I cannot have these serious allegations influence the band and the important and beautiful work that has been done there for the last years. A job that is so dear to me. 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.”