Sigur Ros drummer out of band following sexual assault allegations
Sigur Ros have posted a statement in response recent to allegations of sexual assault against drummer Orri Páll Dýrason, revealing that Orri is no longer in the band. They write:
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. Jónsi & Georg
The allegations were made in an Instagram post, which read in part:
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.
You can read the rest of the alleged victim’s post here.
The accuser also posted a since-deleted screenshot of an email allegedly received from Orri, which read: “I cannot understand why you would want to publicly accuse me of something I did not do.” The email also said “I did not assault you.” (The accuser said that post was “flagged by someone and removed by Instagram.”)
Orri later gave his own statement on his Facebook page:
I begin with thanking my friends and relatives for the support you have shown. It is good for me feel for your trust, despite the serious public allegations against me.
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. 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.
Orri joined Sigur Ros in 1999, after the release of Ágætis byrjun, and he recorded with them from 2002’s ( ) through their latest album, 2013’s Kveikur.