Earlier this week, publishing house Kiepenheuer & Witsch dropped author and Rammstein vocalist Till Lindemann’s following allegations made by a woman who claims that she was drugged by the band at a concert afterparty in Lithuania and was told lies about why she was going to meet Lindemann. The woman further alleges that the Rammstein frontman would not allow her to leave when she denied his advances and that she developed bruising after meeting Lindemann that she can’t remember getting.
On top of these allegations, Kiepenheuer & Witsch have cited the alleged use of his 2013 book In stillen Nächten in a pornographic film that depicts violence against women as reason for Lindemann’s dismissal. At roughly the same time, the German news organization Tagesschau issued a report with further accusations from several women who claim to have been abused by Lindemann.
Although Rammstein previously denied the allegations from the woman at the Lithuanian afterparty, the band have now issued a further statement. Translated from German into English, the wording is somewhat vague as to the band’s admission of culpability or not:
“The publications of the last few days have caused irritation and questions among the public and especially among our fans. The allegations hit us all very hard, and we take them extremely seriously. We say to our fans: It is important to us that you feel comfortable and safe at our shows—in front of and behind the stage.
“We condemn any kind of transgression and ask you: Do not engage in public prejudice of any kind against those who have made allegations. You have a right to your point of view. But we, the band, also have a right—namely not to be prejudiced either.”
This is a developing story and we will continue to monitor events as they continue to unfold.