The singer of the German metal band Rammstein, Till Lindemann, accused by several women of sexual assault after concerts, strongly denies these accusations, said Thursday his lawyers in a statement.
"On social networks, especially Instagram, Twitter and YouTube, serious accusations were made by various women against our client," write Berlin lawyers Simon Bergmann and Christian Schertz. "It has been repeatedly claimed that women have been drugged with GHB or alcohol at Rammstein concerts, in order to allow our client to engage in sexual acts on them," they add. "These accusations are invariably false," the lawyers say. "We will immediately take legal action for all such allegations," they threaten.
The case began in late May with the testimony of a 24-year-old Irish woman accusing the singer and lyricist of the group of drugging and sexually assaulting her after a concert the same month in Lithuania. This testimony freed the words of other young women all describing the same scenario.
The groupies would have been spotted in the front rows of concerts, filmed or photographed so that Lindemann could make his choice, before for some to be invited backstage for parties. Some would then have been drugged before suffering the assaults of the singer, aged 60.
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Several concert venues, in Munich and Berlin in particular, where the German group is to perform, in the middle of a European tour, have given up installing just in front of the stage the area ("Row Zero") in which the singer would have spotted the young women.
Activists protest outside Munich's stadium ahead of Rammstein's concert. DPA / DPA / ABACA