Rammstein singer Till Lindemann © MM Concerts
The "brute" rock band Rammstein is scheduled to give four concerts for over 240,000 fans in Munich at the beginning of June. Above all, there are serious allegations against singer Till Lindemann. Will the concerts take place?
Munich – "It will be a milestone in Munich's music history and in the history of the Olympic Park," says the website of Olympiapark GmbH about the planned open-air concert series of the band Rammstein. The group led by lead singer Till Lindemann is scheduled to perform four times in the Olympic Stadium – between 7 and 11 June, in front of more than 240,000 spectators. Munich is looking forward to "bombastic evenings – with plenty of fire under the roof," it continues.
But since the Whitsun weekend, serious allegations have been circulating against Rammstein and especially against lead singer Till Lindemann. It was raised by Shelby Lynn, a young woman from Ireland. On Instagram and Twitter, she meticulously documented the allegations. On May 22, Rammstein kicked off their "Europa Stadion Tour" with the kick-off in Vilnius, Lithuania. Tickets were sold out long in advance – fans travelled from all over the world to see the band live. Lynn was there too.
What happened to the young woman at the Rammstein party?
At the concert in Lithuania she wants to meet the band and be part of one of their famous parties. To do this, she got in touch with a crew member of Rammstein, who organizes guests for the so-called "Row Zero" – mostly young women. Only selected fans have access to this area directly in front of the stage, which is a common procedure at Rammstein. The Irishwoman goes on to say that she was invited to a party of the band before the actual concert. There she met lead singer Till Lindemann.
Lindemann, according to Shelby Lynn's statement, wanted to have sex with her. However, she refused, whereupon the singer reacted angrily and aggressively. What happened in the further course, she does not know exactly. The next morning, she woke up in her hotel room – with large bruises on her back and stomach.
She could only remember little, had symptoms such as palpitations, nausea and chills. In addition, she had to vomit again and again and was hardly able to move. She is convinced that she has been drugged.
Tequila shot by lead singer Till Lindemann
According to her own statement, she had only two alcoholic beverages and a tequila shot from Lindemann. She receives emergency medical care in the hotel room. In addition, the Irishwoman had informed the local police in Vilnius and had a drug test done. However, the test did not show any noticeable result.
However, drugs such as GHB – also known as "liquid ecstasy" – can no longer be detected shortly after ingestion. Accordingly, the fact that the drug test was negative does not rule out the possibility that Lynn was nevertheless given knockout drops.
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Lynn also notes that Lindemann did not touch her. He would have accepted that she didn't want to sleep with him – albeit with an angry reaction. On Twitter, she writes:
I'd like to clarify again. Till did NOT touch me. He accepted I did not want to have sex with him. I never claimed he raped me. Please read the entire Twitter thread for full context before making reports. #rammstein
Shelby Lynn on Twitter
In a new Twitter post on Tuesday (30 May), Lynn went on to say that she had made a video call with police in Vilnius. Specifically, the 24-year-old says: "I've just been on the phone with the Lithuanian police via video call for almost five hours. They finally took an official statement from me and gave me a file number." She was "incredibly disappointed" with how "professionals" deal with the case.
Shelby Lynn talks to the Lithuanian police for five hours and is "incredibly disappointed" afterwards
This is in line with media reports, including from Lithuanian public broadcaster LRT on Monday (29 May), citing local authorities. According to the report, a woman alerted the Lithuanian police. The Lithuanian police said: "A call has been received from a hotel resident claiming that someone poured drugs into her drink at yesterday's Rammstein concert."
"When the police arrived, paramedics were already at the hotel, examining the girl and providing her with medical assistance on the spot." They are now working with Shelby Lynn to clarify the circumstances of the incident, said the Lithuanian police.
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Rammstein denies the allegations: "No official investigations" known
On Twitter, the band itself promptly commented on the women's allegations and rejects them. It can be ruled out that "what is claimed has happened in our environment." Rammstein is "not aware of any official investigations."
Current status: Rammstein will perform at the Olympic Stadium
Rammstein will perform in Munich between June 7 and 11 at the Olympic Stadium. In response to an inquiry at Olympiapark GmbH, a spokesman said that if the allegations made by Lynn were to be confirmed, "this would be absolutely worthy of condemnation". The company is not aware of the current state of the investigation, but in a state governed by the rule of law, the presumption of innocence applies. In addition, it is currently assumed that the concerts will take place in the Olympic Stadium.
The spokesperson emphasizes: "In this context, we would like to note that Olympiapark München GmbH is the landlord of the Olympic Stadium for concerts. The organizer is solely responsible for security and access authorizations in backstage areas." It goes on to say: "We position ourselves clearly with our mission statement, which speaks out against any form of violence. When it comes to criminal proceedings, the law applies and the proceedings are prosecuted by the authorities. At events, the police are represented in addition to the security personnel as part of a comprehensive security concept in order to ensure the safety of visitors to an event."
All dates for the concerts are sold out. In addition to two dates in Berlin, the concerts of the internationally successful band Rammstein will only take place in Munich in Germany.
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