Decapitated Comment On Kidnapping & Gang Rape Accusations: “We Are Not Kidnappers, Rapists Or Criminals”

Decapitated have officially issued a statement after being accused of first degree kidnapping and gang raping a woman who went to their August 31 show in Spokane, WA. The band were arrested in Santa Ana, CA on September 9 and currently waiting to be extradited to Spokane, WA.

Decapitated’s 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.”

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Venom Prison Drop Off Decapitated’s 2017 European/UK Tour

Decapitated’s planned European/UK tour with King Parrot, Venom Prison, and Thy Disease will probably end up cancelled, considering the fact that Decapitation are being held in a Los Angeles jail as they await extradition to Washington, where they will face kidnapping and gang rape charges, but just in case it doesn’t, Venom Prison will be dropping off the trek. The band made the decision based on the aforementioned crimes Decapitated are accused of.

Venom Prison commented:

“It is with great dismay that Venom Prison is opting to pull out of our scheduled dates in the UK with Decapitated. As you are no doubt aware, the members of Decapitated were arrested on Saturday, 9th September in Santa Ana, California.

It is no secret that Venom Prison are opposed to rape and sexual assault, the band continue to advocate women’s rights and bring attention to the many serious issues which continue to plague the extreme music genres.

Venom Prison would like to stress that everyone is entitled to a fair trial – via the appropriate legal channels, not just via social media – and Decapitated remain respected musicians until proven otherwise. In addition, we would state that the burden of proof in any criminal matter, at least in the UK, is that of beyond all reasonable doubt, that 99% what is alleged to have happened did happen. On that basis, until an individual is convicted, we are not in a position to comment on the present allegations.

It is imperative that we state that we don’t believe these things ‘just happen’, so regardless as to the extent of the allegations, inevitably situations such as the one Decapitated have found themselves in, more often do than don’t involve some degree of inappropriate behaviour.

As above, we have not made any effort to hide our views on what we see as an issue that is becoming more and more visible, an unfortunate ugliness that continues to spread. On that basis, we apologise to anyone who has already purchased tickets specifically to see Venom Prison, and whilst we would ask that you reserve your judgment, Venom Prison will not be performing at the scheduled dates.

Furthermore, we have opted to donate £200 to Rape Crisis England & Wales. We hope that you will continue to raise awareness to issues such as rape and sexual assault, in music and anywhere, we must continue to take a stand and as long as Venom Prison is a band, we will continue to resist censorship and make our feelings known.

We thank you for your continued support.”

Decapitated Make First Court Appearance In Los Angeles, CA

Decapitated members, Michael M. Lysejko (27), Waclaw J. Kieltyka (35), Rafal T. Piotrowski (31), and Hubert E. Wiecek (30), have made their first court appearance in Los Angles, CA, after getting arrested in Santa Ana, CA on September 9, after being accused of first degree kidnapping and gang raping a woman who went to their August 31 show in Spokane, WA. During the appearance, the band all agreed to be extradited to Spokane, WA. You can find a video report of that at KABC, while a summary of recently released court documents can be read HERE.

Decapitated Members Accused Of Gang Raping A Woman

It was previously reported that all four members of Decapitated, Michael M. Lysejko (27), Waclaw J. Kieltyka (35), Rafal T. Piotrowski (31), and Hubert E. Wiecek (30), were arrested in Santa Ana, CA on September 8, after being suspected of first degree kidnapping of a woman who went to their August 31 show in Spokane, WA. Now, court documents have revealed that the band are being accused of gang rape as well.

Spokesman.com shared a summary of the court documents:

“The women said they ended up speaking with members of Decapitated and were invited to have drinks in the tour bus parked outside the venue, according to court documents.

One woman “described being excited to be on the bus, and then one of the band members began grabbing her breasts,” court documents say. “He was later identified as the drummer, Michal Lysejko.”

The same woman “was uncomfortable and said the band members began speaking to each other in Polish,” court documents say. “She described the ‘vibe’ in the bus changed, and one of the members began looking at them like they were prey.”

The woman said she looked at her friend “to signal they needed to get out of there.” She then used the bathroom and was followed by the lead singer, Piotrowski, according to court documents.

The woman told police Piotrowski began kissing her as she finished using the bathroom, and she began resisting when he started undoing her belt, according to court documents. She said she wanted to leave the bus with her friend, but a band member indicated her friend had already left, saying, “You have to have fun. She left you.”

The woman “attempted to push Piotrowski away but he grabbed her arm and spun her around to where she was facing the sink and mirror in the bathroom,” court documents say. “She saw in the mirror and out of the corner of her eye each of the band members taking turns raping her.”

The friend, meanwhile, said she watched the band members rape the other woman, and Piotrowski asked her to perform oral sex on him. When the friend refused, court documents say, “she was pushed to the ground and received bruises to her knees and shins.”

Shortly after leaving the tour bus and driving away, at 12:43 p.m., the friend was pulled over on North Washington Street near West Boone Avenue on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to court documents.

In the back seat of a patrol car, the friend was allowed to use her cellphone to call the other woman, who reported the rape. A state trooper said he couldn’t help without a specific location and proceeded with his DUI investigation.

The alleged victim “described her body as feeling broken,” court documents say. “After an unknown amount of time,” she told police, “Waclaw (Kieltyka) helped her put her clothing on and carried her out of the bus with another male.”

She walked north from The Pin and called several family members before calling 911, according to court documents. An officer found her near North Post Street and West Buckeye Avenue, about 2 miles from the venue. The officer also stopped by The Pin and “checked the area for the tour bus, but the band had already left Spokane for their next venue.”

The woman was taken to Providence Holy Family Hospital for a sexual assault examination.

Detectives noted she had “significant bruising to her upper arms consistent with being restrained” and “small abrasions to her knuckles that were scabbed over.” During the rape, she said, she “was digging her fist into the wall to try and distract herself from what was happening.”

Court documents say detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office interviewed the band members on Thursday.

Lysejko, the drummer, “made no comment other than he did not know who the girls were” when shown a picture of them. “He said he would not talk without using a translator,” court documents say.

Kieltyka, the lead guitarist, told detectives he saw both Piotrowski and Wiecek engaged in a sex acts with the woman in the bathroom. He agreed to have a DNA swab collected as evidence.

Piotrowski “admitted there was a party on the bus and (the women) were present. He then requested an attorney and a translator refusing to make any further statements,” court documents say. He declined to give a DNA sample.

Wiecek, the bassist, admitted the women had been on the bus, but said he “sat on the couch and did not see what was going on,” court documents say. “He then said he needed a translator so he did not misspeak. He also said no one was forced to get on the bus. He then said he did not recall what happened.”

Wiecek also declined to give a DNA sample.

A fifth man, Wojciech Cichocki, told detectives he was asleep in the cab of the tour bus and never saw the woman who reported being raped. Cichocki said he “only briefly” saw the friend who was later pulled over. “He also made a reference to (her) Instagram account but would not elaborate on it,” court documents say.”

The victim reported the incident to the Spokane Police Department on September 1, and authorities were able to track down the band by viewing their touring schedule. The case is being handled by the Special Victims Unit, and the group are set to face extradition to Spokane, WA.

The band’s defense attorney Steve Graham, previously said “there is another side to this,” and that there are “witnesses that can testify to the fact that the accuser came to visit band of her own free will and left on good terms.” He has since commented again saying that “Decapitated plan to fully fight the allegations that are brought against them, and [they] are fully confident that the other side of this story will be heard.”

[via The PRP]

Decapitated Members Arrested For Suspected Kidnapping

According to KREM2, all four members of Decapitated, Michael M. Lysejko (27), Waclaw J. Kieltyka (35), Rafal T. Piotrowski (31), and Hubert E. Wiecek (30), were arrested in Santa Ana, CA on September 8, after being suspected of first degree kidnapping of a woman who went to their August 31 show in Spokane, WA. The victim reported the incident to the Spokane Police Department on September 1, and authorities were able to track down the band by viewing their touring schedule. The case is being handled by the Special Victims Unit, and the group are set to face extradition to Spokane, WA.

The band’s defense attorney Steve Graham, who they hired on Thusday after learning of the investigation, told The Spokesman-Review that “there is another side to this,” and that there are “witnesses that can testify to the fact that the accuser came to visit band of her own free will and left on good terms.” He also added that the arrest was uncalled for, because he told authorities that he could “get the guys [back To Spokane] ASAP and [that] they would cooperate,” but they did not respond.

Kreator Announce 2018 European Tour With Decapitated & Dagoba

Kreator have announced a 2018 European tour with Decapitated and Dagoba. Check out the dates below.

Tour Dates:

01/11 Lille, FRA – Splendid
01/12 Reims, FRA – Cartonnerie
01/13 Rouen, FRA – Le 106
01/14 Bordeaux, FRA – Le Rocher Palmer
01/15 Lyon, FRA – Transbordeur
01/16 Lausanne, SWI – Docks
01/17 Bologna, ITA – Zona Roveri
01/18 Ljubljana, SLO – Kino Siska
01/19 Belgrade, SER – Hala Sportova
01/20 Thessaloniki, GRE – Principal Club Theater
01/21 Athens, GRE – Piraeus 117 Academy
01/23 Skopje, MAC – MKC
01/24 Sofia, BUL – Mixtape 5
01/25 Bucharest, ROM – Arenele Romane
01/26 Budapest, HUN – Barba Negra Music Club
01/27 Zlin, CZE – Masters Of Rock Cafe
01/29 Prague, CZE – Meetfactory

Decapitated Announce 2017 European/UK Tour With King Parrot, Venom Prison, & Thy Disease

Decapitated have announced a European/UK tour with King Parrot, Venom Prison, and Thy Disease. Check out the dates below.

Tour Dates:

10/16 Berlin, GER – Musik & Freiden
10/17 Hamburg, GER – Logo
10/18 Cologne, GER – MTC
10/19 Karlsruhe, GER – Die Stadtmitte
10/20 Dresden, GER – Chemiefabrik
10/21 Prague, CZE – Futurum
10/23 Vienna, AUT – Szene
10/24 Munich, GER – Backstage
10/25 Geneva, SWI – L’Usine
10/26 Zurich, SWI – Club Complex
10/27 Milan, ITA – Legend
10/28 Bologna, ITA – Zona Roveri
10/30 Barcelona, SPA – Salamandra
10/31 Murcia, SPA – Garaje Beat Club
11/01 Madrid, SPA – Sala Caracol
11/03 Niort, FRA – L’Alternateur
11/04 St Germain En Laye, FRA – La Clef
11/05 Haarlem, NET – Patronaat
11/06 Sint-Niklaas, BEL – De Casino
11/08 Norwich, UK – Waterfront
11/09 Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms
11/10 Bristol, UK – Thekla
11/11 Birmingham, UK – Academy 2
11/12 Portsmouth, UK – Wedgewood Rooms
11/13 Stoke, UK – Sugarmill
11/14 Glasgow, UK – Classic Grand
11/15 Leeds, UK – Key Club
11/16 Manchester, UK – Academy 3
11/17 London, UK – Underworld