Demonstration before a concert in Bern after accusations of sexual assault against the singer of German metal band Rammstein

The German metal band Rammstein is on a European tour while its leader, singer Till Lindemann, 60, is accused by several women of sexual assault.

About 150 people demonstrated on Saturday in Bern, Switzerland in front of the stadium where the German rock metal band Rammstein was to perform in front of 40,000 spectators, while its leader is under investigation for sexual assault, AFP noted.

Holding up signs saying “I believe her” Or “Stop Rape Culture”, the small crowd challenged the band’s fans with, among other pleasantries, middle fingers, to which onlookers responded in kind and booed. A police cordon separated the two camps.

The singer of the group Till Lindemann, 60, is accused by several women of sexual assault at parties organized backstage after the group’s concerts. What the singer denied through his lawyers.

The Berlin public prosecutor’s office opened an investigation on Wednesday and producer Universal Music announced the next day that it was suspending all marketing and promotion activities for the group.

“It doesn’t change anything for us”

The case began at the end of May with the testimony of a 24-year-old Irish woman accusing the singer and lyricist of the group of having drugged and sexually assaulted her after a concert the same month in Lithuania.

The success of Rammstein, the best-selling German-speaking group in the world, is based in particular on the excessiveness of the concerts, with a lot of pyrotechnics, guitar riffs and the imposing physical presence of Till Lindemann.

In Bern, the accusations did not deter fans and the concert was sold out, without it being known whether or not the after-concert parties would be canceled like in Munich recently.

“It doesn’t change anything for us”said Marie Rouillon, a 51-year-old Frenchwoman, who came with her husband Arnaud, both fans of Rammstein for 15 years.

Boycott calls

If the accusations were true, it would be a shock, however, concedes the couple: “But would that prevent us from going to see them? I don’t think so”added Mary.

“Maybe it’s true, maybe not, I’m here for the concert”also approved Lara Andermatt, 20, enthusiastic about the idea of ​​seeing her favorite band live for the first time.

The band are currently touring European stadiums. In Austria and Switzerland, calls for a boycott have been launched. He is also due to perform in Paris on July 22. Three concerts are planned in Berlin on July 15, 16 and 18.

A petition launched by the Young Socialists of Switzerland gathered 7,500 signatures but failed to ban the two Bernese concerts. “We are clearly very disappointed”commented assistant secretary Mathilde Mottet to AFP. “You have 40,000 people coming to see a possible rapist, it’s totally outrageous.”

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