"The accusations have hit us all very hard and we take them extremely seriously."
Rammstein have issued a new statement after allegations about vocalist Till Lindemann spiking a fan’s drinks with drugs at a pre-party in Vilnius, Lithuania, surfaced last week.
Following the allegations made on social media, Lindemann’s book publishers, Kiepenheuer & Witsch, dropped the singer. In 2013, they released his book, In Silent Nights.
In a statement shared by the German edition of Metal Hammer, the publishers wrote (translated to English): “In recent days, we have been shocked to follow the allegations against Till Lindemann that have become public. Our sympathy and respect goes out to the women affected.”
The statement continued, “Due to the humiliating actions of Till Lindemann in said porn and the deliberate use of our book in a pornographic context, the separation between the 'lyrical I' and the author/artist, which we defend so fiercely, is mocked by the author himself.”
As Brooklyn Vegan reports, German news outlet Tagesschau published a new article featuring new allegations against Lindemann. Another woman came forward and similarly claimed that she had her drink spiked with drugs, however, she has also alleged that sexual misconduct took place.
Tagesschau’s reported allegations read: "Lindemann was lying on her when she regained consciousness and asked her if he should stop. 'And I didn't even know what he wanted to stop doing.'"
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With more allegations circling and social media speculation pressuring the band to speak out, Rammstein issued a new statement on Instagram (translated to English) on 4 June, writing:
“The posts of the last few days have caused irritations and questions to the public and especially our fans. The accusations have hit us all very hard and we take them extremely seriously.
“To our fans, we say: it's important to us that you feel comfortable and safe at our shows - on and off stage.
“We condemn any kind of trespassing and ask you: do not participate in public prejudice of any kind against those who made the allegations. They are entitled to their way they see things.
“But we, the band, also have a right - namely not to be prejudiced.”
Rammstein previously rigorously denied the allegations on 29 May, posting on Twitter, “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.”
This is a developing story.