YouTuber Kayla Shyx comments on the allegations against Rammstein and singer Till Lindemann. She, too, had experienced "bad things" at a concert.
Trigger warning: This article includes topics such as sexualized violence and abuse of narcotics, which can trigger negative reactions in readers.
Vilnius, Lithuania – After a Rammstein concert in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius, serious allegations were made against singer Till Lindemann and the band's crew. A concertgoer claims that she was drugged and that there was sexual violence behind the scenes. YouTube star Kayla Shyx joins the presumption of innocence discussion and wants to be able to confirm the allegations against Rammstein.
Rammstein allegations after concert in Vilnius – Till Lindemann is said to have administered drugs to a visitor
What happened? On May 22, 2023, Rammstein played a concert in Vilnius. An Irish concertgoer, Shelby Lynn, was approached by an employee of the Rammstein crew to grant her access to "Row Zero", i.e. a separate area in front of the front row for selected concertgoers – a common procedure at Rammstein.
Shelby Lynn is said to have been invited to a party before the show with other chosen ones for Row Zero, where she thinks she received a tequila shot from Till Lindemann. During a concert break, Lynn is said to have been led backstage to sleep with the singer of Rammstein – when the concertgoer rejected the offer, the singer reacted heatedly. In response to the following tweet, Lynn wrote many more posts describing what happened.
Injuries after the concert: On Twitter, Shelby Lynn posted pictures and videos of her injuries. She doesn't remember how she got the bruises. Shelby Lynn thinks she can only remember parts of the evening and that she suffered from nausea, chills and palpitations for several days. The concertgoer is therefore sure that drugs were added to her drink – presumably Lindemann's tequila shot.
Allegations by Shelby Lynn: In a tweet, Lynn clarifies that she does not accuse Till Lindemann of rape or other violent crimes. However, she wants to do everything in her power to prevent Rammstein and the band's crew from drugging more girls from Row Zero in the future. The police in Lithuania were informed, but did not lift a finger, although Lynn is said to have begged them. It is unclear how far along the current investigations – if any are taking place – is at all.
YouTuber unpacks about Rammstein allegations: "I can and will confirm" © Imago/Rammstein (montage)
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Kayla Shyx is said to have had a similar experience at Rammstein concert – YouTuber confirms the allegations
Kayla Shyx gets in touch: In her Twitter statements, Shelby Lynn called on other women to tell their stories. YouTuber Kayla Shyx therefore unpacks and reports how she made it "by a hair out of a very dangerous situation" at a Rammstein concert in 2022. The allegations come just weeks after the Vlesk scandal in which the streamer was accused of sexual assault.
I can and will confirm many of the accusations about Till Lindemann and the "after-afterparties". [...] I will tell you what happened to me and what kind of sick, systematic sex offender mafia is behind Rammstein/Till Lindemann. This shit has to stop. Hundreds of girls are affected.
Kayla Shyx on Instagram
Just like Lynn, Shyx was "recruited" by the crew to attend an afterparty. Even then, the YouTuber is said to have reported that "bad things" had happened, but she was forbidden to talk about it. She thinks she has already spoken to many other women who are said to have experienced exactly the same thing and warns others not to attend Rammstein concerts and the "afterparties".
Kayla Shyx on the allegations against Rammstein and singer Till Lindemann © Instagram: Kayla Shyx
The YouTuber publishes a statement in which she accuses the music, film and fashion industry of systematic abuses that are hushed up by those responsible. She complains that only a few of the incidents come to light, as one puts one's career at risk when one talks about the cases of sexual violence and the like.
Rammstein on the allegations of sexualised violence: "We are not aware of any official investigations"
Rammstein reports: Confronted with the allegations, the band issued a short statement via Twitter. In it, they deny that the allegations took place in their environment. The tweet with the statement on the allegations is included at this point.
It is unclear whether Shelby Lynn will turn on other authorities after filing a complaint in Lithuania. On her Instagram account, she is currently collecting the testimonies of other women who have been victims of sexualized violence and giving them a platform to show solidarity with like-minded people. On Twitter, she calls Rammstein's statement "disgusting".
You can get help here: If you or someone close to you is a victim of sexual violence, there are some support services you can turn to. At the White Ring, victims of crime of all kinds get help. Alternatively, the number against grief is a good place to go. Women and girls can contact Ophelia.