Woman claims Sigur Rós drummer Orri Páll Dýrason raped her while she was alseep

Sigur Rós' longtime drummer Orri Páll Dýrason has quit the band after he was accused of allegedly raping artist Meagan Boyd while she was asleep in LA in 2013


                            Woman claims Sigur Rós drummer Orri Páll Dýrason raped her while she was alseep

Orri Páll Dýrason, the drummer of Icelandic avant-rock band Sigur Rós, has resigned from the band following allegations of sexual assault and rape. “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,” Sigur Rós said in a statement on Monday.

The allegations come from artist Meagan Boyd, who works under the name Yin Shadowz, via an Instagram post in which she alleged that Dýrason raped her while she was asleep back in 2013. 

Boyd claimed that she met Dýrason at The Body Shop in Los Angeles, where she danced at the time, when Sigur Rós was in town recording their album 'Kveikur'. Boyd said she “was drunk” and “also engaged in a kiss with him before falling asleep in the same bed, after that I completely knocked out.” It was while she slept that the alleged assault occurred.

“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,” Boyd wrote. 

Boyd said she kept from publicly reporting the incident “for many reasons,” including that she “felt I had been irresponsible for trusting him just because he was in a band I loved and I respected him as an artist.

Interestingly, Boyd claims that it was the hearing against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh — who has been accused of sexual misconduct by Dr Christine Blasey Ford — that “triggered” her to speak out.

Sigur Ros pose with the MOJO Outstanding Contribution to Music Award. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
Sigur Ros pose with the MOJO Outstanding Contribution to Music Award. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

As Pitchfork points out, in a separate Instagram post from last week, which has since been deleted, Boyd shared an alleged email conversation between herself and Dýrason, in which he disputed her recollection of the night in question. “I cannot understand why you would want to publicly accuse me of something I did not do,” he allegedly said. Later, he reportedly added, “I am so sorry you are going through all this. But my experience from that night is completely different from yours.”

“We had a nice night drawing and drinking at my flat; and then we went to bed. The next day you even wanted to stay and asked me if you could, but I had to go to the studio and you got upset about that. We had a good time together. I like your art and I think you are a talented artist and I enjoyed being with you.”

In another Instagram post, Boyd confirmed that the screenshot of the email had been flagged, and said she’d sent the emails to a “major broadcasting network in Iceland.” She continued, “I will not back down or be silenced or gaslighted. I know what happened and I will not forget. This has not been easy for me or my family but it is my duty to expose him as a sexual predator who should not be in a woman’s safe place.”

Dýrason replaced Ágúst Ævar Gunnarsson as Sigur Rós’ drummer in 1999, shortly after the band’s sophomore album, 'Ágætis byrjun', was recorded. Playing drums and keyboards with the group for nearly two decades, Dýrason is featured on the band’s last five albums, from 2002’s '( )' to 2013’s 'Kveikur'.

For his part, Dýrason released a statement on Facebook in both Icelandic and English, asking the band’s fans to “abstain from dragging my family, and especially my wife, into this matter” and 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.” He also addressed his departure from Sigur Rós, saying, “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.”

Read the full statement below: