by Sam Levin
Jordan Kurland, co-founder of Noise Pop and the Treasure Island Music Festival, was arrested for domestic assault in September and last week pleaded no contest on two misdemeanor counts, according to a spokesperson from the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office.
Kurland, who also owns Zeitgeist Artist Management and manages many well-known bands, including Death Cab for Cutie and She and Him, received 3 years of probation and 52 weeks of domestic violence counseling, and now has a protective order against him, the spokesperson told the Express.
The assault allegedly involved his girlfriend who he was living with at the time of his arrest on September 29. At that time, he was charged with two counts of domestic violence and another count of battery. The Express attempted to contact Kurland, but he did not respond to our inquiry as of publication. Meanwhile, his attorney told the Chronicle that his client did not admit to committing physical violence since misdemeanor assault is defined as an “unlawful attempt” to injure someone.
The San Francisco Police Department incident report stated that, when officers arrived, “Kurland was very apologetic stating that he and his girlfriend of four years … had an argument that turned physical.” The argument reportedly escalated when Kurland, according to the victim’s account to police, slapped her in the face, pushed her to the ground, “grabbed her by the hair and dragged her towards the front door.” He then kicked her hard once to the left side of her ribs causing great pain, the report continued.
The victim refused to go to the hospital and officers arrested Kurland without further incident.
He gave a written statement to police that said he had asked her several times to leave the house and that she refused. He described how the fight got physical, writing, “She continued to provoke me and I kicked her in the side.” He ended his statement: “All very unfortunate. I feel terrible and ashamed.”