Ethan Kath of Crystal Castles is reportedly the focus of a sex crimes investigation

Kath was accused of sexual abuse by former bandmate Alice Glass in October.

December 21, 2017
Ethan Kath of Crystal Castles is reportedly the focus of a sex crimes investigation Ethan Kath and Alice Glass of Crystal Castles perform at Lollapalooza 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. August 2, 2013.   Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images

Toronto Police Services (TPS) has opened a sex crimes investigation into Ethan Kath (real name Claudio Palmieri) of Crystal Castles, according to a new report in The Daily Beast.

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According to The Daily Beast's sources, the investigation includes complaints “from several women.” One of the accusers, who is choosing to stay anonymous for the time being, told The Beast that Palmieri had approached her through social media when she was 15 and "initiated a sexual relationship" at age 16. “I want this guy’s insane horrible mistreatment of underage girls to be out in the open for everyone to know and to protect themselves,” she said.

TPS confirmed that an investigation into Palmieri was ongoing, but did not comment further. “[B]ecause of the nature of the investigation, and for the privacy of the alleged victims, there isn’t anything else that we can say pertaining to it,” Police Constable Allyson Douglas-Cook told The Daily Beast.

Palmieri was accused in October by his former bandmate Alice Glass of sexual abuse and misconduct spanning across decades. He has denied Glass's allegations. “Her story is pure fiction and I am consulting my lawyers as to my legal options," he said in a statement. "Fortunately, there are many witnesses who can and will confirm that I was never abusive to Alice.”

A representative for Claudio Palmieri was not immediately available for comment.

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