German public prosecutor’s office opens criminal investigation into Rammstein singer Till Lindemann

German public prosecutor's office opens criminal investigation into Rammstein singer Till Lindemann
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(Photo by Maëva Vigier) The German public prosecutor’s office has opened a criminal investigation into Rammstein singer Till Lindemann (60) due to accusations of unwanted sexual acts. This was reported by the German newspaper ‘Tagesspiegel’ based on insiders.

According to the newspaper, the investigation would primarily focus on violation of Article 177 of the Penal Code, which amounts to making someone perform sexual acts against their will. The punishment for this could be up to six months to five years in prison, according to ‘Tagesspiegel’.

The report follows the accusation of a 24-year-old woman from Northern Ireland against the 60-year-old Lindemann, whom she holds responsible for the confused state she was in after a performance by Rammstein in Lithuania. He also allegedly left angrily after she refused to have sex with him. The woman’s report was followed by many similar stories from young women, who would have been personally approached by a staff member of the band.

Lindemann denies the accusations and launched a counterattack through his lawyers, by stating that they would take legal action against “all allegations of this nature”.

Berlin lawyers Simon Bergmann and Christian Schertz, the law firm representing Lindemann, posted a message on social media. “Our client has been subjected to serious accusations by several women on social media platforms, including Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. It was repeatedly claimed that women were drugged with the help of knockout drops or alcohol at Rammstein concerts in order to enable our client to perform sexual acts on them. These allegations are without exception false.”

Below is the original press release by the law firm Simon Bergmann and Christian Schert.

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