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Swans’ Michael Gira Accused of Rape by Former Collaborator, Claims Accusations are a “Slanderous Lie”

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Yesterday, Swans frontman Michael Gira was publicly accused of sexual assault by former collaborator Larkin Grimm, which Gira has since called a “slanderous lie.”

Grimm, whose 2008 album Parplar came out on Gira’s Young God label, posted the following to her Facebook. The basic gist is that Gira sexually assaulted her while she was drunk and sleeping, and then proceeded to make unwanted advances to her until she told him to stop, at which point he dropped her from his label. Here’s the post:

I will give you some history about why I am sharing the story about Thomas Sayers Ellis’s abusive behavior now. I didn’…

Posted by Larkin Grimm on Thursday, February 25, 2016

In response, Gira has posted the following:

re horrible accusations from larkin grimm about me:I am completely shocked myself. This is a slanderous lie. I will…

Posted by Michael Gira on Thursday, February 25, 2016

Gira’s wife, Jennifer Gira, has also responded, claiming she has proof that Grimm’s accusations are false:

I was enjoying not being on FB precisely for the social media nightmare(s) I must rejoin to address now, due to a former…

Posted by Jennifer Gira on Thursday, February 25, 2016

Obviously, Grimm’s accusations are very damning and very sad.

We’ll let you know if this story progresses any further.

[via Pitchfork]

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