The band was arrested on September 9 in Santa Ana, California, on charges that the band allegedly raped a woman in Spokane, Washington after a show on August 31. The band and its attorney have vehemently denied these claims.
Guitarist Waclaw Kieltyka was charged with first-degree kidnapping and second-degree rape and drummer Michal Lysejko was charged with first-degree kidnapping and third-degree rape.
Meanwhile, vocalist Rafal Piotrowski is charged with first-degree kidnapping and second-degree rape, and bassist Hubert Wiecek is charged with first-degree kidnapping and third-degree rape.
Decapitated maintained their innocence throughout the legal proceedings with their lawyer Steven Graham noting “the original officer who took the complaint from the accuser stated, ‘I do not have probable cause that a rape occurred.'” Graham also stated “The accuser has a documented history of providing false information to the police dating back to 2014.”
All four members of the band had their passports revoked, and spent over a month in jail. The band were released on bail on December 13th and were awaiting trial which was set to begin later this month.
BREAKING: Spokane County prosecutors have dropped all rape and kidnapping charges against the four members of the Polish death metal band Decapitated, citing the well-being of the alleged victim. Story soon.
— Jonathan Glover (@glovetrain) January 5, 2018