Rammstein drummer Christoph Schneider released a statement on social media about allegations of sexual misconduct against Till Lindemann, stating in part that the singer has “dissociated himself from us in recent years and created his own bubble”.
The statement was posted on Schneider’s official social media accounts in his native German and opens by saying that the accusations “shook us as a band and me as a person”. Regarding the parties where the misconduct allegedly occurred, Schneider said he hasn’t seen or heard of “anything illegal” happening, but “things seem to have happened, although legally it’s OK, I personally don’t think they are.” fine. “
Schneider continued, “Some structures have grown that transcend the boundaries and values of the other band members. It’s also important to us that Till’s concerts are not confused with formal after-show parties. Till has distanced himself from us in recent years and created his own bubble, with their own people, parties and projects.” “.
Lindemann is currently under investigation by German prosecutors after multiple allegations of sexual misconduct. Initial accusations were made by Rammstein fan and concert performer Shelby Lynn, who claimed she was drugged at Rammstein’s pre-show gig and Lindemann offered her sex at a concert in Lithuania. Since Lynn became public, other women have come forward with accounts of sexual misconduct involving Lindemann and the band’s concerts.
In the midst of the investigation, Universal Music has suspended all marketing and promotion of Rammstein, according to reports New York times. “The accusations against Till Lindemann shocked us,” a spokeswoman for the company said in a statement.
Schneider’s full statement (translation via ThePRP) appears below:
I would like to share with you my personal feelings and thoughts.
The accusations these past few weeks have deeply shaken us as a band and me as a person. You guys are definitely impressed too. I feel like I’m shocked by the things that have been shared on social media, in the press and in the print about our singer. This is an ebb and flow of emotions for us band members and crew.
No, I don’t think anything criminally related (such as using knockout drops) happened. No, I don’t think anything illegal was going on, I’ve never seen anything like it, nor heard anything like it from any of our crew of 100. All I’ve heard from Teal’s parties is an adult party together. However, things seem to have happened, although legally they are fine, I personally don’t think they are quite right. Some structures grew that transcended the boundaries and values of other band members. It’s also important to us that Till Parties not be confused with formal aftershow parties.
Thiel has distanced himself from us in recent years and created his own bubble.
With their people, their parties, their own projects. This definitely made me sad. I think even when he tells us he always wanted and still wanted to give his guests a good time. How exactly these guests imagined this, however, seems to differ in some cases from his ideas. The wishes and expectations of the women who have now applied may not have been fulfilled. According to their statements, they felt uncomfortable, on the brink of a situation they could no longer control.
I feel sorry for her and feel pity. However, it is important for me to stress something objective: every guest in the backstage area is free to leave (they may have to wait a moment until security leads them safely to the exit). All bottles are closed and opened in full view of newlyweds or opened by themselves.
Water and snacks are available just as security personnel and medical care are available at any time. We want all of our guests to feel comfortable and safe with us!
This is our standard. So I’m sorry to hear that some didn’t feel that way.
We have the greatest fans in the world and they all deserve to be treated with respect! I am sorry to anyone who was not treated kindly or felt unsafe behind the scenes with us.
For Shelby, too, she deserved a great prom and a great evening.
But I don’t want this public discord about our band to be fueled by extremists: neither the brutal social media, which our society has yet to tame, nor the patriarchal tendencies to deny women in their mid-twenties the power to make themselves. – Specific decisions about their sexuality and also in no way blaming the victim, so that people will continue to talk about it if something happens to them. I wish calm and sober thinking and processing, also in our squad.
And all six of us. We stand together.
Yours truly, Christoph Schneider.”