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Michael Gira Issues Statement
The Quietus , February 27th, 2016 10:37

Swans musician denies rape and describes regrettable 'awkward incident'

Michael Gira has responded to accusations of rape made by the musician Larkin Grimm via social media earlier this week, rejecting her claims.

This statement was released via his publicist:

"Eight years ago, while I was still married to my first wife, Larkin Grimm and I headed towards a consensual romantic moment that fortunately was not consummated. As she wrote in her recent social media postings about that night, I said to her, "this doesn't feel right," and abruptly but completely our only intimate encounter ended. It was an awkward mistake.

"Larkin may regret, as I certainly do, that the ill-advised tryst went even that far, but now, as then, I hold her in high esteem for her music and her courage as an artist.

"I long ago apologized to my wife and family and told them the truth about this incident. My hope is that Larkin finds peace with the demons that have been darkening her soul since long before she and I ever met."

The accusation was also refuted by Gira's wife, Jennifer, in another Facebook statement. She claims to have evidence that will show the accusations to be false.

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