Sigur Rós' drummer Orri Páll Dýrason has exited the band in light of allegations made against him online, stating, "I cannot have these serious allegations influence the band".
Last week artist Megan Boyd uploaded a sexual assault allegation against Orri Páll Dýrason via Instagram.
The allegation has led to Dýrason resigning from Sigur Rós. Alongside his exit the drummer uploaded a statement to Facebook:
"This matter has undeniably taken its toll on me for the past few days. Justifiably, some will say, and I do not intend to argue with those people. However, I sincerely ask the same people to steer their anger into the right path and abstain from dragging my family, and especially my wife, into this matter. At the same time, I ask people 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. Loud and provocative words are in nobody's favour – neither to me or her."
He adds, "In light of the scale of this matter, I have decided to leave Sigur Rós. 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."
Since Dýrason's statement the remaining Sigur Rós members have also responded to his exit from the band, "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."