The affair embarrasses across the Rhine. The German government on Tuesday called for measures to protect the female audience of Rammstein after accusations of sexual assault against the singer of the famous metal band.
The band's singer, Till Lindemann, is accused of being at the center of a real system designed to sexually assault groupies after concerts. The case began at the end of May with the testimony of a 24-year-old Irish woman accusing the sexagenarian 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 more or less 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. The group strongly denies these accusations, while claiming to "take them very seriously".
Protective zones during concerts
While four sold-out concerts are planned this week at the Olympic Stadium in Munich, the German Minister of the Family, the ecologist Lisa Paus, reacted on Tuesday. "Young people in particular need to be better protected from assault," she said. In particular, it proposes the establishment of protection zones for women during concerts as well as teams likely to intervene in the event of sexual assault. It is necessary to discuss "quickly and concretely" protective measures, asks the minister, for whom "a serious debate on the responsibility of artists and organizers vis-à-vis their fans would be useful".
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At future concerts, the area right in front of the stage ("Row Zero") in which the singer would have spotted the young women will be removed. "The organizer informed us yesterday that there will be no Row Zero or Aftershow Party here at home," said Tobias Kohler, spokesman for the stadium.
Rammstein, one of the most popular metal bands in the world, is currently in the middle of a European tour. Founded in 1994 by musicians from the former GDR and experienced in provocations in its clips, the group will perform in the coming weeks in France, Italy, Switzerland or Sweden, Belgium, the Netherlands, Poland and Austria.