Lingua Ignota’s Kristin Hayter Accuses Daughters’ Alexis Marshall of Abuse, Bodily Harm

In a lengthy statement posted to social media, Hayter detailed "mental and emotional abuse and sexual abuse"

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Lingua Ignota’s Kristin Hayter, photo by Lisa Birds

    Editor’s Note: The following article contains disturbing details of abuse that may be difficult to read. Please proceed at your own discretion.

    Kristin Hayter, better known as the musical artist Lingua Ignota, has accused Daughters frontman Alexis Marshall of “mental and emotional abuse and sexual abuse resulting in bodily harm.”

    On her official Twitter account, Hayter posted an extensive statement detailing her relationship with Marshall, preceding it with a warning that it contains content related to “rape, sexual assault, suicide, self-harm, eating disorders [and] emotional abuse.”


    In her statement, Hayter details an abusive relationship that lasted roughly two years, from July 2019 through June 2021. Her summarizing statement can be seen immediately below, but a much longer “comprehensive statement” is available in the attachment in the embedded Twitter post at the bottom of this page.

    “Summarizing Statement:

    I was in an abusive relationship with Alexis Marshall from July 2019 through June 2021. I endured mental and emotional abuse and sexual abuse resulting in bodily harm. Alexis’ addiction to one-sided sex effected me in extreme ways. I was subjected to multiple sexual assaults/rapes where I was fully penetrated while sleeping without my consent, after I explicitly stated this was *not ok with me.* Alexis obtained consent through deception, manipulation, and coercion. Alexis used me for sexual gratification in situations where I was deeply uncomfortable but consented because I was terrified he would cheat on me or get upset if I didn’t do what he wanted. In one incident of objectifying, violent sex, Alexis caused a severe injury to my spine and did not stop when I told him I was hurt. This injury resulted in debilitating pain and physical incapacitation for months. I needed surgery to treat this injury, a massive lumbar disc herniation that created an emergency condition called Cauda Equina Syndrome, which threatened permanent loss of bladder and bowel function. Alexis continued to require constant sexual attention even though I was severely injured. I needed his support for the surgery but Alexis abandoned me 24 hours before my procedure. Alexis cheated on me emotionally and physically throughout our relationship and triangulated me with other sexual partners as a way to confuse, humiliate, and destabilize me. He always denied his behavior, and gaslit me when confronted with irrefutable proof.

    Alexis sustained patterns of lying and manipulation to excuse his behavior; he blame-shifted, minimized, denied, and provoked me so that he could call me aggressive and crazy. He used my past of domestic violence against me to claim what he was doing wasn’t that bad because it was not physical battering. He was jealous and resentful of my professional relationships and isolated me from friends. He took advantage of me financially. He blamed me for everything that was wrong in his life.

    His abusive behavior continued and in some ways worsened after he completed rehab for sex addiction and started working a twelve-step program. He lied about the terms of his recovery. He weaponized his recovery against me and blamed me for not being able to get well.

    As a result of his ongoing abuse I attempted suicide in December 2020 in the basement of our home. Alexis’ response to my suicide attempt was cold and unfeeling. Meanwhile, Alexis used threats of suicide and self-harm to manipulate me often, such as when I told him I needed to cut contact with him for my own well-being, or when I confronted him about lying.

    After our breakup, I learned about Alexis’ long history of predatory and abusive/exploitative behavior towards women, for which he is well-known in certain areas, and which has been corroborated by multiple people including a long-term ex-partner. These incidents range from sexual misconduct and sexual relationships with subordinates at work, sexual harassment, ultimatums, and sexual assault. Multiple peers and women performers have spoken to me about uncomfortable experiences with him. Alexis establishes trust with vulnerable women and then exploits them sexually. I learned that this behavior continued throughout our relationship and after he entered recovery.

    As a result of this relationship my quality of life decreased significantly. I suffered enormous psychological and physical damage. I continue to do physical therapy to treat ongoing issues with my spine and am in intensive therapy.”

    Update: Marshall has issued a statement to Rolling Stone, saying, “I absolutely did not engage in any form of abusive behavior towards Kristin. Kristin is a person that I loved and cared deeply for, however, our relationship was unhealthy for both of us. I can assure anyone reading this that I absolutely did not abuse her, mentally or physically. I am investigating legal options.”

    As Lingua Ignota, Hayter released the acclaimed album Sinner Get Ready in August of this year. Daughters’ latest album, You Won’t Get What You Want, was released in 2018.


    See Hayter’s full “comprehensive statement” in the tweet attachment below.

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