After the serious allegations against Rammstein frontman Till Lindemann, the 60-year-old deletes his Instagram profile. The concert promoter in Munich is also reacting.
- Serious allegations against Rammstein singer Till Lindemann: Several women accuse the 60-year-old of sexualized violence and abuse of power.
- "Row zero" at concerts: Family Minister Lisa Paus (Greens) is calling for a consistent ban on the controversial area. Rammstein will start the first of their four concerts in Munich on May 7th.
- The band Rammstein denies the allegations, but said in a statement that they take them "extremely seriously". The presumption of innocence applies.
Update from June 7, 13:10 p.m.: The topic around Rammstein and lead singer Lindemann attracts media attention. The Youtuber Rezo, who became known to the masses in 2021 for his "CDU destruction video", among other things, has now reacted to the allegations against the band and their lead singer. In his 27-minute YouTube video, he discusses, among other things, the background and research of the Süddeutsche Zeitung and the NDR. In addition, he gives the rough experience report of Youtube colleague Kayla Shyx, who attended a Rammstein concert in 2022.
Rammstein case continues to escalate: Youtuber speaks out – "absolutely despicable"
Rezo sums up the allegations as follows: "Women are invited to normal parties. Situations are then created from which it is not so easy to get out again. Suddenly, it is demanded that sexual acts should take place and sometimes the women are under some kind of substance, so that they can no longer defend themselves or are even unconscious."
If such situations were to be created consciously and purposefully, then this would be "absolutely despicable." The 30-year-old also makes it clear that these are mere accusations. However, the stories have now coincided in several testimonials from women. He himself had also received messages from those allegedly affected. "How are you going to prove such 'assaults'? It's almost impossible," Rezo continued.
After Till Lindemann's Instagram profile has since been deleted, no more posts can be viewed by keyboardist Christian Lorenz alias Flake.
Rammstein case continues to escalate: Till Lindemann draws first consequences
Update from June 7, 10:40 a.m.: Due to the serious allegations of sexualized violence and abuse of power against Till Lindemann, the Rammstein singer is apparently drawing consequences on social media. The 60-year-old's Instagram profile has been deleted. Around 1.3 million people recently followed him there. On the band's Youtube channel, the comment function has also been deactivated.
Since the end of May, Rammstein has been on a big stadium tour in Europe. There are four concerts on the schedule in Munich, the first of which will take place on 7 June. According to a spokesman for the organizer, a "row zero", the controversial area directly in front of the stage, will not be set up in Munich. Afterparties would also be cancelled.
Rammstein frontman Till Lindemann deletes his Instagram profile after the serious allegations. © Gonzales Photo/Sebastian Dammark/Imago
Serious allegations against Till Lindemann: Rammstein probably separates from controversial "casting director"
Update from June 6, 17:57 p.m.: The so-called "casting director" of the band Rammstein, Alena Makeeva, has apparently been relieved of her duties. According to consistent media reports from Welt and Bild, the Russian was banned by the management of the musicians with immediate effect from attending their concerts. Whether or not this personnel decision is in any way related to the recent allegations against Rammstein singer Till Lindemann is currently still open. Some women had also made serious accusations against Makeeva. The band denies the allegations. The presumption of innocence applies.
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According to Der Spiegel, Makeeva had been working in Rammstein's environment for almost four years. However, she was not paid by the band and called herself a "casting director".
Band Rammstein hires lawyer after Lindemann allegations
Update from June 6, 16:51 p.m.: According to dpa information, the band Rammstein has turned on a law firm after the start of the current tour in Vilnius (Lithuania). The band wants to investigate the allegations in connection with the handling of their singer Till Lindemann (60) with women themselves. The aim is therefore to clarify the situation. This involves, for example, the use of drugs without the knowledge of those involved in the context of the concert.
Several women have made allegations against Rammstein frontman Lindemann in recent days, some of them anonymously. The women describe situations that they sometimes found frightening. Young women were selected during concerts and asked if they wanted to come to the after-show party. According to some women, sexual acts are also said to have occurred.
Four Rammstein concerts are planned in Munich from Wednesday. Some changes have already been announced there: For example, there will be no so-called row zero in Munich and no after-show parties. In addition, the management has announced an awareness concept, details of which are not yet available.
Serious allegations against Rammstein singer Lindemann – Minister intervenes
First reported on June 6, 14:32 p.m.: Munich/Berlin – The accusations are harsh: female fans who are recruited for sex, abuse of women in the environment of Rammstein concerts. In the wake of the accusations against Till Lindemann, frontman of the band, Federal Minister for Family Affairs Lisa Paus (Greens) has now also intervened. She calls for more protection for women at concerts and "quick and concrete" measures, such as special areas of protection and the deployment of awareness teams.
Family Minister Lisa Paus has spoken out after the allegations against Rammstein frontman Till Lindemann and calls for more safety for women at concerts. (Symbolic image) © dpa/Kollage
The allegations against 60-year-old Till Lindemann, singer of the rock band Rammstein, weigh heavily. From a legal point of view, the presumption of innocence still applies. And Rammstein as a band denies the allegations. But the multitude of accusations and reports is overwhelming. Most recently, in a 37-minute long, oppressive video, a YouTuber described what she and other girls experienced at Rammstein afterparties. For many, the question arises more and more whether one should still attend Rammstein shows at all.
Now the Lindemann case has even been taken up by the Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Lisa Paus. Protective measures must be discussed "quickly and concretely," she told the AFP news agency on Monday.
Young people in particular need to be better protected from attacks.
Lisa Paus, Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth
Paus calls for better protection of women at concerts after Rammstein scandal
Paus called for changes in concert operations, such as areas of protection for women at concerts and the establishment of special awareness teams that are available as contact persons in the event of suspected sexual assault: "Young people in particular must be better protected from assaults here."
A serious debate about the responsibility of artists and promoters towards their fans makes sense.
Lisa Paus, Federal Minister for Family Affairs
Rammstein scandal: Minister wants to hold artists accountable with "alliance against sexism"
The Federal Minister for Family Affairs stressed to AFP: "A serious debate about the responsibility of artists and promoters towards their fans makes sense." Paus invited the music industry to join the "Alliance Against Sexism," which, she explained, "opposes all forms of sexism and sexual harassment."
Paus calls for abolition of groupie recruitment system "Row Zero" after Rammstein allegations
The 54-year-old strongly called for the abolition of the so-called "Row Zero" system. In Munich, on the occasion of the latest Rammstein allegations, three city council factions joined this demand. They submitted a motion to increase safety for concertgoers. Among other things, the application provides for an examination of whether "Row Zero" can be banned in the future for security reasons.
- What is the "Row Zero"?
- The term "Row Zero" is actually the area directly in front of the stage where the photographers who take photos during the first songs usually stay.
- However, the term refers to a specific area for which certain young women are selected to be at the front of a concert, right in front of the stage.
- According to reports from various women, it is not the musicians who choose the fans for the "Row Zero" at concerts of the band Rammstein. The girls are recruited weeks in advance by a casting director via various social media channels.
- Critics warn that women could be recruited for sexual acts from "Row Zero", eyewitness accounts of female concertgoers seem to confirm this assumption.
That should no longer be necessary. As reported by the Süddeutsche Zeitung, among others, the organizer, Propeller Music & Event GmbH, has probably decided after consultations at the weekend that there will be neither a "Row Zero" nor afterparties at the concerts in Munich. In doing so, the company anticipated potential regulatory requirements.