Decapitated was arrested in Santa Ana, California, on September 8 after having been accused of gang rape and kidnapping in Spokane, Washington on September 1. The band recently went before a court in Los Angeles and is currently awaiting extradition back to Spokane, though the band maintains its innocence in a recent Facebook post.
Now Behemoth frontman and fellow Polish citizen Nergal has shared his opinion on the matter, and basically tells everyone to just wait for the facts to come out in the case before you start judging. His opinion on the matter is essentially the correct one, in that nobody really knows exactly what happened that night besides those who were there, and accusing either party at this point is just baseless finger pointing.
"Touring life may get crazy every now and then. I was not on the Decapitated bus. I didn’t talk to anyone and I do not know the other people involved. I don’t want to speculate but I have learned in both my personal life and in many years of touring that people are complicated. I personally have never forced anyone to have sex with me and there should be a NO TOLERANCE policy used in such cases, no question.
But I do know the Decapitated guys, and in my experience, they are bunch of good, decent and hard-working fellas. IF in fact they committed a crime, they will have to deal with the consequences but please keep in mind that only some of the people involved have had their voices heard thus far. So, PLEASE take a breath, count to 10 and THINK before you start stigmatising, accusing and judging them publicly for something they may not have even done!
I was arrested, I spent night in a Russian jail where my passport and phone were confiscated. I know the feeling and I can only imagine what horror and trauma my friends and everyone involved are going through now. I profoundly hope this whole case will end up positive for them as soon as possible and they will return home safe. Stay strong and hold on tight!"
We'll keep you post on the case as it evolves.