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Decapitated Members: ‘We Are Not Kidnappers, Rapists or Criminals’

Photo by Oscar Szramka
Photo by Oscar Szramka

Decapitated were arrested late last week ahead of a scheduled show in Santa Ana, Calif., accused of kidnapping a woman at their Aug. 31 show in Spokane, Wash. But in the days since, we’ve learned that the group is also being accused of gang-raping the woman in question. The band has mostly let their legal representation address the media in the time since the story broke, but they just offered their first public statement on social media.

In their new post, the band state, “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.”

They continue, “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.”

The group added that since the court proceedings have provided an expected amount of uncertainty, they’ve decided to cancel their current touring plans out of respect for fans and promoters. The group’s social media platforms had been temporarily suspended, but the group reactivated them long enough to post their new message.

They also stated, “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.” You can read the statement in full right here.

The band members appeared in court in Santa Ana Tuesday (Sept. 12) and will remain jailed until their extradition to Washington where there alleged incident took place. The extradition could take up to 30 days.

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