The metal world and beyond was shaken over the weekend after Decapitated were arrested in Los Angeles and charged with a kidnapping in Spokane, WA. It was even more shocking to hear that the entire band was accused of gang raping a woman on their bus. Of course, this is a lose-lose for all parties involved. The band gave conflicting statements in their police interviews, and if their accusations stand, their career is over. Even if they’re cleared of all charges, they’re going to be branded as rapists. Given the information we’ve gotten so far, it definitely doesn’t seem like a good situation they’re in. Since their arrest, they communicated through their lawyer – until today.
The band made a statement proclaiming their innocence and stating that they’re done touring for the time being. and even though the statement was posted on Facebook, they’re disabling their social media. Here’s the statement:
“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.”
Meanwhile, the comments section of any Facebook page or metal blog is holding a mirror up to society. There are some proclaiming that they know the band is innocent and are victim shaming. There are others that have written off the band forever due to how they’ve come off so far. It’s going to be a contentious trial regardless.