Sigur Rós drummer Orri Páll Dýrason yesterday announced that he is quitting the band in the wake of rape allegations levelled against him.
The allegations came to light last week when a Los Angeles-based artist named Megan Boyd posted an account on her Instagram of having been sexually assaulted by the musician in 2013.
In the post, Boyd alleges that the two had fallen asleep in the same bed after meeting at a club. According to her account, she had twice woken up “with the feeling of being penetrated without my consent during a deep slumber,” but that she had been “drunk, dead tired, and in shock.”
Dýrason has denied the allegations, urging people to not divide themselves into warring factions. He wrote in a Facebook post yesterday morning:
“I ask people to stay calm… 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.”
He then announced that “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.”
Boyd said she had not come forward during the height of the #MeToo movement due to intense anxiety surrounding the incident, but decided to speak out publicly after hearing the testimony of Dr. Christine Ford Blasey in the case of US supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
No official charges have thus far been levelled against Dýrason.