"I have read the lies by Lars"
"I have worked with Björk for over 30 years and have never made a single statement or interview regarding our work together. This time is different.." Derek Birkett, Björk's agent, wrote on facebook last week.
Birkett is the founder of the British music label One Little Indian and has worked with Björk since she was a member of The Sugarcubes, some 30 years ago.
"I have read the lies written by Lars and his producer Peter about Björk," writes Birkett who feels compelled to speak out and put the record straight. Earlier this month Björk disclosed on her facebook that a Danish film director had sexually harrashed her.
Von Trier denied Björk's accusations and the producer, Peter Aalbæk Jensen, said that he and the director had actually been the victims of Björk while filming the movie Dancer in the Dark.
Birkett says that the movie is the only project in over 30 years where Björk has fallen out with a collaborator. "This was a result of the director's ongoing, disrespectful verbal and physical abuse which continued after both Björk and myself demanded that he stop behaving this way," Birkett wrote.
"Björk completed the film out of respect for the cast and everyone involved," said Birkett who felt compelled to publicly speak out. "I back what she has said 110%".