This article contains descriptions of alleged sexual assault that may disturb some readers.
In September, Los Angeles artist Meagan Boyd detailed a sexual assault claim against then Sigur Ros drummer Orri Páll Dýrason on Instagram. In particular, Boyd accused Dýrason of engaging in non-consensual sex with her as she was sleeping five-and-a-half years ago.
Days after the initial post, Sigur Rós announced that Dýrason had left the band as a result. Dýrason then took to Facebook writing, “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.”
This week, both Boyd and Dýrason spoke to Pitchfork about the allegations.
In the interview, Dýrason denied Boyd’s claim about non-consensual sex, stating that they did not have sex at all. Dýrason confirmed that they did spend the night in question together “talking and drinking,” he stated. He also confirmed that the two September 27th emails from him that Boyd posted on Instagram were real.
Dýrason would make no further comments. “My comment is I didn’t do anything,” he stated.
In Boyd’s interview, she said she worked at a strip club called the Body Shop, where she met Dýrason. After meeting, he invited her back where he was staying at the time.
After having some drinks where Dýrason was staying, he allegedly revealed that he was married with a newborn child, which she said was a reality check for her. Boyd considered leaving, but Dýrason asked her to stay and cuddle him when he got into bed. A minute or so into lying in bed with him, Dýrason said he wanted “to feel your skin on my skin,” Boyd said.
“I was like, ‘OK,’ and I kind of like got naked next to him and we were cuddling, and then he kissed me and we were kissing for a couple of minutes. It was very short,” Boyd explained to Pitchfork. “And I was like, ‘I feel weird…is it OK if I just sleep here, because I’m actually getting really tired and I don’t want to do this. Can we just sleep?'”
Boyd said that Dýrason agreed and appeared very kind about it. Boyd fell asleep, but when she woke up she claimed to feel someone performing oral sex on her. Before she could move, he allegedly began having sex with her when she pushed him off.
According to Boyd, once she called him out he apologized and she told him not to do that to people who are sleeping. She then put on her clothes and began to search for her keys when she felt very dizzy and groggy. She claims she then returned to bed with her clothes on and fell asleep next to the former drummer.
When she awoke, he had allegedly taken off her pants and began having sex with her again. “I woke up to the feeling of being penetrated,” Boyd said. She recalls pushing him off once more and yelling that he’d raped her.
She grabbed her keys and began to leave, when he asked for her number and she declined. After he invited her to the studio, Boyd started to cry.
Three friends of Boyd’s spoke with Boyd soon after the evening, and informed Pitchfork of the story they recalled, which were consistent in major details.
Boyd also pointed out in the interview that she anonymously described what happened on January 25th, 2013 in a comment on a Sigur Rós Reddit AMA.
A Sigur Rós representative claimed that the band did not see the comment because it was only posted after the AMA was finished.
She claims that she went public with the story in September because Dýrason is now engaged to a feminist activist who was part of an international protest against victim-blaming in sexual assault cases, which angered Boyd.
“I just wanted to speak my truth,” Boyd said.