Icelandic avant-garde band Sigur Rós permanently downsized as of Monday, October 1, 2018. Drummer of the group, Orri Páll Dýrason resigned from the band after rumors surfaced accusing him of rape and sexual assault.
The assault claims come from a Los Angeles native and musical artist, Meagan Boyd. The details were written on a now-deleted Instagram post. Boyd declared that she stayed with Dýrason while he was in Los Angeles recording an album in January of 2013, and that she was raped twice over the course of her stay. She accompanied the post with stating, “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 Páll Dýrason and he is in a band called Sigur Rós.”
Boyd got quite detailed with her description of what occurred. She said, “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… but none of that should matter because no one deserves to be raped/touched/licked/fucked without CONSENT.”
Dýrason took matters into his own hands and issued a public apology and statement explaining his decision to leave the band on his facebook page. He wrote:
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.
With all of the recent news happenings, including the controversial testimony of Christine Blasey Ford against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, many women across the country are being inspired and gaining the confidence they needed to come forward about their struggles.
Boyd recalled her decision to come clean by saying, “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.”
The music business has recently seen a lot of backlash and similar claims, especially since it’s a male-dominated industry. Charlie Walk, the previous President of major label, Republic Records and judge on the FOX reality series, The Four: Battle for Stardom, stepped down from his positions due to more than five women calling him out for sexual harassment in the workplace. Last month, singer Lily Allen opened up about her sexual assault from an unnamed “record industry executive.” Just a few weeks ago, stories on Twitter came out about how pop-singer Børns “groomed” and sexually harassed many underage girls, leading fans to sell their tickets for his current tour.
It now seems that a story comes out daily accusing someone new of sexual assault. While the future of Orri Páll Dýrason and Sigur Rós is undetermined, it’s just another reminder to us about the constantly evolving negative reputation of these industry professionals. How many more headlines do we need before a change is made?