Rammstein recently responded to allegations made by a female fan who claimed she was drugged during a party before the band's show in Lithuania this past week.
The allegations were originally made on the Rammstein Reddit page on May 23rd by fan 'Shelby69666' who was allegedly invited to a pre-party by a member of the band's crew. The since deleted thread "Fuck Rammstein" contained a photo showing a bruise with the caption "Spiked, no idea what happened." Responses appeared in quick succession however they were removed by the thread moderators as it was considered to be hearsay.
Shelby wrote various posts about her experiences on Twitter which can be found here.
Following this recent allegation, new allegations have come to light and in response, frontman Till Lindemann's book publisher Kiepenheuer & Witsch(KiWi) have dropped him as a client with the following statement:
"It is with shock that we have followed public allegations against Till Lindemann in the last few days. Our sympathy and respect goes to the women affected.
In the course of current reporting, we became aware of a porn video in which Till Lindemann celebrates sexual violence against women and in which the 2013 book In Still Light published by Kiepenheuer & Witsch plays a role. We rate this as a gross breach of trust and as a ruthless act in relation to the values we represent as a publisher.
We defend the freedom of art with full conviction. Through Till Lindemann's actions that humiliate women in the aforementioned porn and the targeted use of our book in a pornographic context, the separation between the "lyrical I" and the author/artist, which we so staunchly defended, is mocked by the author himself.
From our point of view, Till Lindemann exceeds immovable limits in dealing with women. We have therefore decided to end our collaboration with Till Lindemann with immediate effect, as our relationship of trust with the author has been irretrievably broken."
The band have released the following brief statements regarding the allegations:
With regard to the allegations circulating on the internet about Vilnius, we can rule out the possibility that what is being claimed took place in our environment.
We are not aware of any official investigations into this matter.
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