Notes from the Velvet Underground: The Life of Lou Reed, a new biography written by author Howard Sounes, has shed light not only on the musical past of Lou Reed, but also on something much, much more sinister, too.

Sounes conducted over 140 interviews with acquaintances and associates of Reed for the book, from which claims of violence against women seem to have become apparent.

Former wife of the ex-Velvet Underground frontman, Bettye Kronstad, describes how Reed was with her:

"He would, like, pin you up against a wall. Tussle you. Hit you… shake you… And then one time he actually gave me a black eye."

An old school friend, Allan Hyman, recalls incident in which Reed assaulted one of his girlfriends while out for dinner: "She would say something. He’d get pissed off at what she said and smash her around the back of the head." The way Hyman says it suggests that it's more than just the one time.

Sounes also picked up a pattern. "It’s quite clear that he was a misogynist and he did hit women," he said. "They weren’t all knocked about but he knocked his first wife about and he wrote repeatedly about violence towards women—he seemed absolutely obsessed with the subject."

[NB: can we please stop saying "knocked about" when speaking of domestic violence against women, making light of the situation and talking about a human being like a fucking football. Thank you.]

"The obituaries were a bit too kind, he was really a very unpleasant man," Sounes concluded, talking to The Daily Beast "A monster really; I think truly the word monster is applicable."