The official and verified Twitter page of the Polish death metal band Decapitated made a public statement today to share their thoughts on people who want to rekindle the rape and kidnapping case they were involved in three years ago.
In the earlier days of 2018, all members of the Decapitated, Waclaw Kieltyka, Michal Lysejko, Rafal Piotrowski, and Hubert Wiecek, spent 96 days in jail due to accusations of kidnapping and raping a young girl in their tour bus following a live show in Spokane, Washington.
After spending more than three months in jail, Spokane Country dropped all charges against all members of the Polish metal band. The court declared Decapitated’s innocence by stating the accuser came to visit the tour bus of her free will and left the place without getting harmed.
Today, the official Twitter account of the band released a public announcement to talk about the people who are trying to get some of the band’s upcoming 25th Year Anniversary EU/UK shows canceled by bringing up old articles from the time they got arrested.
The band once again set the record straight by stating they have always been against sexual abuse, racism, and homophobia. The members recalled those days as the ‘worst times of our lives‘ and asked everyone to be more understanding towards such a sensitive issue.
Here is the official statement of the band:
“As many of you may or may not be aware, back in 2017 in the midst of our USA tour we had the worst experience of our lives, as during the time we got arrested and jailed after being falsely accused of sexual assault. We went through hell and back.
After all charges got dropped when evidence that would prove our innocence came to light and we were able to return to Poland, we made a short statement about the situation and had decided not to go into any sort of detail. The band had not been found guilty and we didn’t want to share much, if any, of the details of what we had to go through. We have known the truth and the truth will always win.
Unfortunately, it has been brought to our attention that a small group of people, who know nothing about our case or have any connection to it or us, have been reaching out directly to some of our beloved UK venues and promoters of the 25 year anniversary EU/UK tour that we announced earlier this week, bringing up old articles from when we got arrested, in an attempt to cause damage to the band and our shows.”
The statement continues:
“Over the past weeks and months, we’ve heard about several industry players (be it bands, promoters, or agents) rightfully coming under fire after severe allegations of unacceptable misconduct. This is absolutely unrelated to Decapitated. We have nothing to do with this and don’t deserve to be dragged through the mud again.
The band has ZERO interest in rehashing the past and certainly, the scars need to be kept closed. We value the emotional and mental health of our band members and ALL involved in their lives. We will not go back to one of the, if not, the worst times of our lives. It hurts us that some people are forcing us to go relive all those terrible feelings again, while we moved on and have been working very hard to rebuild this band.
After months of hard work together with our team, we were very excited to announce our 25 year anniversary tour this week. In case some venue or promoter would still want to cancel our show, it would sadden us deeply but we will respect that decision and move on.
We cannot wait to hit the road again after these challenging Covid times and hope to see many of you on one (or more) of our below tour dates. Thank you once again to everyone who has supported us over the years.”
You can check out the tweet below.
— Decapitated (@decapitated) July 17, 2021