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Crystal Castles’ Warfield show canceled following allegations of rape and physical abuse

Updated 6:12 pm, Tuesday, October 24, 2017
  • CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 2: Alice Glass of Crystal Castles performs during Lollapalooza 2013 at Grant Park on August 2, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post via Getty Images) Photo: Seth McConnell/Denver Post Via Getty Images

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CHICAGO, IL – AUGUST 2: Alice Glass of Crystal Castles performs during Lollapalooza 2013 at Grant Park on August 2, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Following former group member Alice Glass’ abuse allegations against Crystal Castles’ co-founder Ethan Kath (real name Claudio Palmieri), a show featuring the band scheduled for the Warfield in San Francisco on October 26 has been canceled.

The venue’s website shows the show as canceled, but concert promoter Goldenvoice has not released any formal statement. A Facebook event for the concert has been deleted and the show is no longer listed on Goldenvoice’s website. The Observatory in Orange County and the Observatory in North Park, where Crystal Castles was scheduled to play on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, respectively, also appear to have canceled their scheduled concerts.

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On Tuesday morning, Glass tweeted a link to a post on her personal website wherein she details her more than a decade-long working and personal relationship with Kath. In it, she makes several serious allegations against him, including rape, physical and verbal abuse, and controlling behavior limiting her financial freedom.

Kath responded to the accusations through his attorney: “I am outraged and hurt by the recent statements made by Alice about me and our prior relationship,” he told Pitchfork. “Her story is pure fiction and I am consulting my lawyers as to my legal options. Fortunately, there are many witnesses who can and will confirm that I was never abusive to Alice.”

Glass quit Crystal Castles in October 2014, citing “a multitude of reasons both professional and personal.” Another vocalist, Edith Frances, joined Kath for a new lineup of the band and the two released an album, “Amnesty (I),” in August 2016. In June 2017, the band announced a North American and European tour scheduled to end November 17. Glass release her debut self-titled EP in August.

SFGATE and the San Francisco Chronicle have reached out to Goldenvoice for comment.

Alyssa Pereira is an SFGATE staff writer. Email her at apereira@sfchronicle.comor find her on Twitter at @alyspereira.

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