The Polish metal band Decapitated were arrested in California on September 9th on charges of first-degree kidnapping, following reports of an alleged incident at their Spokane, Washington concert at the Pin on August 31st. According to recently obtained court documents, the alleged victims claim that the group — who remain incarcerated as they await extradition to Spokane — kidnapped and raped a woman on its tour bus outside the venue.
Today, the band – Michal Lysejko, 31, Waclaw Kieltyka, 35, Rafal Piotrowski, 31, and Hubert Wiecek, 30 – issued a statement through their Facebook page denying the allegations, and vowing to present full testimony and evidence in due time.
"While we are not perfect human beings, we are not kidnappers, rapists, or criminals," their statement opens. "As such, we strongly deny the allegations that have recently been brought against us." Additionally, Decapitated have cancelled all planned tours, and have disabled their other social media platforms, "as they have been used as destinations for defamatory and malicious remarks."
Here's the band's statement in full:
"While we are not perfect human beings, we are not kidnappers, rapists, or criminals. As such, we strongly deny the allegations that have recently been brought against us.
"We ask that everyone please reserve their judgement until a definitive outcome has been reached, as charges have yet to be pressed. Full testimony and evidence will be presented in due time, and we have faith in that process.
"As there is uncertainty regarding a timeline for prospective proceedings and out of respect for fans and promoters, due to the severity of the claims, we have cancelled all planned touring.
"All social media platforms have been temporarily disabled as they have been used as destinations for defamatory and malicious remarks. We would like to point out that the statements in the published police report were given prior to an arrest. At that point, no member of the band was aware of an active warrant being issued."