LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess) Former Crystal Castles’ vocalist Alice Glass says that the defamation case filed against her after she publicly accused a former bandmate of sexual, psychological, emotional and physical abuse has been dismissed.
“I won in court today!” Glass tweeted on Friday ( Feb. 23), and music website Pitchfork says it confirmed with the Los Angeles Superior Court that her motion to strike was granted.
The singer, whose real name is Margaret Osborn, was served the lawsuit in November by her former bandmate Claudio Palmieri (who uses stage name Ethan Kath), when she accused him in October of sexual, physical and psychological abuse that lasted nearly a decade, starting when she was 15. Glass announced her departure from the band in 2014, citing personal and professional reasons.
Palmieri, 40, denied the allegations on Crystal Castles’ Facebook page Nov. 3rd. “Alice and I had a long, ongoing relationship both personal and professional. When she suddenly left Crystal Castles to handle her mental health and substance abuse issues I fully supported her. I will continue to support her quest to wellness but I can’t support extortion, false claims and accusations put forth after the band attained new success without her. False allegations take away voices from true victims and that’s what saddens me most about all this,” his statement read.
In response, Palmieri responded by suing for defamation and filed a statement of claim in an L.A. that said Osborn’s “malicious lies to the online world” damaged his career. He cited “irreparable damages,” including lost wages and the cancellation of a North American tour worth roughly $300,000.”
In December, Toronto police confirmed that their sex crimes unit was investigating Palmieri. The Toronto Star has indicated that it has spoken with three women who say they also filed criminal complaints against him.
The electronic music group started in 2006 in Toronto, eventually gaining international popularity.
Glass’ full statement following the dismissal reads: “I won in court today!! The defamation lawsuit against me was dismissed! Thank you so much for the love and support throughout this ugly process,” Glass tweeted. “This is a victory for survivors of abuse and sexual misconduct in countries where abusers use the court system to further victimize and keep people silent. WE WILL NOT BE SILENCED.”