Owen Pallett Settles Defamation Lawsuit Against Woman Who Accused Him of Sexual Assault

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Note: This article incorporates references to alleged sexual assault that some individuals could discover disturbing.

Canadian musician and producer Owen Pallett has settled a defamation lawsuit in opposition to a girl who accused him of sexual assault, in keeping with the events concerned.

In a criticism in Toronto courtroom obtained by Pitchfork, Pallett (whose actual identify is Michael James Owen Plowright) accused the lady of “falsely and maliciously” telling individuals within the music business that he sexually assaulted her. Pallett claimed an unspecified quantity in financial damages, together with “punitive, aggravated, and exemplary damages,” plus curiosity and authorized prices. He additionally sought a everlasting injunction stopping the lady from making defamatory statements about him. (Pitchfork has chosen to withhold the lady’s identify out of respect for her privateness.)

In the 12-page criticism filed in Ontario Superior Court of Justice on November 15, 2018, Pallett denied sexually assaulting the lady. The criticism mentioned the 2 met in roughly January 2015, when she attended one in every of his performances in New York, and so they grew to become pals. On separate events in 2016 and 2018, Pallett claimed, the 2 engaged in an undisclosed variety of “intimate encounters,” usually initiated by the lady and all the time together with her specific consent. In spring and fall of 2018, in keeping with the criticism, the lady “told a number of music industry professionals that Owen sexually assaulted her.”

Pallett’s lawsuit claimed the lady made the allegedly defamatory statements “in order to manipulate him, seek monetary advances from him, ruin his career, and punish him for not reciprocating her requests for intimacy.”

In a joint assertion given to Pitchfork, Pallett and the lady mentioned they’ve now amicably resolved the matter. “We have apologized, and forgiven each other for our respective actions and statements,” they mentioned. (When checked by Pitchfork, authorized paperwork settling the case weren’t but on file.)

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