A couple of weeks ago, news came out of serious allegations made against Rammstein frontman Till Lindemann and the band’s crew. For those who may not be aware of the situation, a fan has come forward on social media claiming she was drugged at a party organized by the band’s camp, and that she was put into a situation where Lindemann allegedly reacted angrily to her when she vocally said she would not have sex with him.
As publications began sharing news of these allegations, the band responded by releasing the following statement: “With regard to the allegations circulating on the internet about Vilnius, we can rule out the possibility that what is being claimed took place in our environment. We are not aware of any official investigations into this matter.”
Alongside those initial accusations from that one fan, other female fans have also come forward with similar allegations towards Rammstein. Some days later, with more allegations coming out, those allegations being reported on by Tagesschau and Süddeutsche Zeitung, Lindemann was dropped by his book publisher.
In a new update to this story, as reported by the BBC, the German police have begun an official investigation into the allegations made against Lindemann.
A spokeswoman associated with the Berlin public prosecution’s office provided the following statement in regard to this investigation: “Preliminary proceedings have been initiated against Till Lindemann on allegations relating to sexual offences and the distribution of narcotics.”
Alongside the prosecutor’s investigation, a spokesperson associated with Rammstein has told the BBC that an internal investigation involving the band’s staff and crew is also taking place.
We will keep you posted on this story as more details arrive.
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