According to reports published by Spokane news publication, The Spokesman-Review, all four members of the Polish death metal band Decapitated have now been formally charged with rape in response to an incident that allegedly occurred recently in Spokane County, Washington. The four had already been charged with kidnapping in the first-degree.
The rape charges now being held against the band vary between the four members. Vocalist Rafal Piotrowski and guitarist Waclaw Kieltyka are being charged with second-degree rape, whilst drummer Michal Lysejko and bassist Hubert Wiecek are being held with third-degree charges.
Decapitated have also issued a statement following the formal charges of rape being made against them via their official Facebook page, which reads as follows.
“An update – following extradition from California to Washington, the band has now been charged. We’d like to emphasise; the Spokane Police Department has pressed charges as procedural formality, without doing so, they would be forced to release band – this is not a conviction or any indication of guilt or innocence. Once again, we ask that everyone wait for each party’s case to be presented and await the court’s decision. With that said, whilst cases are being prepared on both sides, some facts are indisputable at this point – that the original officer who took the complaint from the accuser stated, “I do not have probable cause that a rape occurred”, and it’s taken a full 30 days to file charges, which is right up against the point at which the defendants would legally have had to be released.
The band firmly refutes the allegations and are confident that once the facts and evidence have been seen and heard, they will be released and able to return home.
Individuals who were present on the night in question with information about the case are asked to reach out to the defense lawyer, Steve Graham of Spokane, Washington.”
The band were arrested in Santa Ana, California on the morning of September 9th 2017 at approximately 2:00AM, and were amidst a co-headline tour across North America with Thy Art Is Murder as part of The Double Homicide Tour, with the line-up completed by Fallujah and Ghost Bath.
The full alleged incident can be read in our initial news posts (here), but, according to reports, this occurred after the band’s show in Spokane, Washington on August 31st 2017.
Defence attorney Steve Graham of Spokane said he was hired by the band after they became aware of the investigation, and in response has said, “We have witnesses that can testify to the fact that the accuser came to visit the band of her own free will and left on good terms.” He continued to state that “the accuser has a documented history of providing false information to the police dating back to 2014.”
The band’s seventh studio album, ‘Anticult’, was released on July 7th 2017 through Nuclear Blast Records.
All of their scheduled tour commitments have subsequently been cancelled until further notice.
More information surrounding this news and the case will be confirmed as they develop.