German Officials Drop Sexual Assault Probe Against Rammstein Frontman

Till Lindemann
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Rammstein frontman Till Lindemann was accused of multiple cases of sexual assault, but investigators in Berlin said they did not find any evidence to substantiate those claims.

Prosecutors in Berlin have dropped investigations into Till Lindemann, singer-songwriter and frontman of German Neue Deutsche Härte band Rammstein, who had been accused of sexual misconduct during concerts and multiple instances of sexual assault.

Investigators said probes were initiated based on third-party complaints in connection with press reports, but law enforcement has yet to receive testimony from alleged victims to substantiate those claims.

Additionally, prosecutors confirmed dropping a similar investigation into Alena Makeeva, a former member of Rammstein’s management, who was accused of “inviting girls to afterparties for encounters with Lindemann.” Investigators found insufficient evidence to suggest Makeeva was engaged in criminal activity. Regardless, Makeeva no longer works with the band and was barred from attending further Rammstein concerts in June.

“The rapid termination of investigative proceedings by the Berlin state prosecutor’s office shows that there is insufficient evidence that our client allegedly committed sexual offenses,” said a legal representative for Lindemann on Tuesday.

Also in June, prosecutors in Vilnius, Lithuania, said they would not be opening investigations into Lindemann after examining the circumstances surrounding allegations against him. Shelby Lynn, a fan from Northern Ireland, said Lindemann “reacted aggressively” when she refused to have sex with him during a Vilnius concert, and she believed someone had tampered with her drink.

However, Lithuanian authorities said “no evidence” was found that Lynn was subjected to coercion. Further, Berlin prosecutors said that Lynn’s testimony remained “too vague” and that she did not report having personally witnessed any incidents that could be considered criminal offenses. The Berlin prosecutor’s office confirmed analyzing documents provided by Lithuanian authorities but found no indication of offenses committed by Lindemann.

Two attorneys representing Lindemann have announced they would file charges against the singer’s accusers, as the “allegations are without exception false.”