Rhye's Michael Milosh Responds to Allegations of Sexual Abuse and Grooming

"The false claims made by my former wife had been so hurtful and shocking to me"
Rhye's Michael Milosh Responds to Allegations of Sexual Abuse and Grooming
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Rhye's Michael Milosh stands accused of grooming and sexual abuse by his ex-wife, actress Alexa Nikolas. Earlier this week, Nikolas posted an open letter alleging that her former partner is an "older male ephebophile musician that groomed a teenager for a green card, success, and sex," and now, Milosh has responded to the claims, denying her account of their relationship in a lengthy statement.

In Milosh's response, he states ex-wife's story is "outrageous," "irresponsible" and "false," and that the couple "shared many special years before our marriage ended," suggesting that Nikolas' claims have surfaced only after he stopped giving her financial support.

The accused artist described Nikolas' letter as "simply a piece of revisionist fiction," painting the accusations as a case of "character assassination."

Nikolas' side of the story describes instances of Milosh "bragging about sexual violence and exploiting women in his music," admitting to raping a woman in his 20s, grooming, sexual assault, physical abuse and financial manipulation. 

Read Nikolas' full account of the events here, and see Milosh's response below [via SPIN]:

For as long as I can remember, I've always strongly supported women and their right to speak out and be heard.

That is why the false claims made by my former wife had been so hurtful and shocking to me. Alexa and I were married for nearly seven years. Like all marriages we had our difficulties and [sic] tempted to weather them together as best we could. Ultimately, despite our best efforts, we agreed to divorce. I loved her very much and we shared many special years before our marriage ended. I have always wished her nothing but the best and continued to support her financially even after I was no longer required to under our divorce agreement. Eventually, I stopped paying [sic] in response, Alexa has resorted to character assassination.

However, regarding my ex-wife's recent Instagram post and its listed as serious and demonstratable untrue accusations, it's simply a piece of revisionist fiction. These are absurd and outrageous false claims about me that a media outlet has published and repeated falsehoods are beyond irresponsible — it's defamatory.

I can only stay the unvarnished truth. Alexa came to Berlin several months after her 18th birthday and we spent a week hanging out enjoying the city taking photographs that she eventually used as her IMDb listing headshot and modeling photos. We fell in love. I visited the following fall and she lived with me in Berlin the following summer but ultimately said she couldn't live in Germany as her career and life were based in Los Angeles so I moved to Los Angeles for love, for her, for us. This is a story that has been documented extensively around the release of my first record.

Our art photography collaborations continued before and during our marriage, we had a Gallery exhibition of the photos I took of Alexa and she was proudly featured on the cover of my album.

I've done many interviews about my songs the lyrics and what inspired them many about love relationships and sensuality.

My life is a touring musician and the pressures of travel and life on the road ultimately took its toll on our marriage and I'm sorry she came to feel my professional life has had a negative impact on her and our life together. Alexa had her own demons and I did my best to be a good husband in trying to overcome them. In the end, we could not help each other.

We were married for nearly seven years before the divorce decree was finalized.

We filed for divorce using a mediator who arrived at a fair settlement and processes the documents. Neither of us engaged individual divorce attorneys and there is no courtroom drama. Even after all of my alimony obligations, I continued to send money when she said she needed it for car repairs, moving deposits, back taxes, creative projects at her many requests.

I've tried to be supportive and help out when repeatedly asked but at a certain point, I was not able to provide any additional financial support things seemed to have taken an abrupt change thereafter. Now I am being hit with horrific and spiteful lies.

I reiterate that these accusations are outrageously false and the manipulated stories provably untrue. I'm fully prepared to cooperate with any independent investigation into these false claims and look forward to being cleared of all the shameless mirrors.