Decapitated Announce Plans To Return: “We Are Innocent, We Are Free, We Are Back Home, And We Are Ready To Return With The Band”

Decapitated guitarist Waclaw “Vogg” Kieltyka has issued a new statement regarding the dropped rape and kidnapping charges made against the band. You can read that below. The charges originally stemmed from an incident that occurred after their August 31, 2017 show in Spokane, WA, in which a woman claimed to have been gang raped by them.

Vlogg’s statement:

“We are innocent. We are free. We are back home. And we are ready to return with the band.

The last few months were one of the most terrible and irrational times in our lives.

Jail is a horrible place. 96 days in jail and almost a month outside the jail where we dealing with fear, unbelievable stress, depression, and even violence. It was a really hard time – especially for our families.

Being in jail in another country with charges that became a criminal case is an extreme experience. We do not wish this on anyone. It caused ourselves and our families many stressful days and sleepless nights. The cancelled tour meant loss of the income we use to support ourselves and our families, but worst of all, it cost us our professional reputation in a community we have loved and been members of all of our lives.

Unfortunately, while we were jailed, we could not communicate with the outside world, leaving our fans and our metal community to read many news stories and posts on social media that contained inaccurate information because there were no direct statements from us, the band, the ones in the middle of all of this.

We ourselves could not report on how the situation was unfolding. This led people who were so shocked by the news to make untrue narrations. Without walking our experience with us, they felt obligated to comment on our case and blamed us, without even knowing the facts that said something opposite. They came to a very fast opinion about us in a very public way.

In this internet age, it is really easy to ruin someone, their life, their family, their career. Some media and people just jumped on a topic and made their own inconsistent storytelling, taking one piece of information and creating a story they wanted to tell about us around it.

For those who do not know yet: Our case was dropped. All charges against all members were dropped.

Words hurt. Words matter. Truth matters.

Does sexual harassment happen and do crimes against women exist? Yes, and it is horrible.

Do false accusations happen? Yes, this really happens. And it is also horrible.

Many people are falsely accused everyday and the metal community is not immune. Unfortunately, it happened to us. People with their own motivations who falsely accuse someone don’t seem to understand they can ruin somebody’s life without facing any public consequences themselves. A false accusation can change a life in one moment.

One day, everything is normal. Then the next day, you wake up in jail with a police record. You are marked, stigmatized while waiting to see how things unfold, even if the charges are not true. And then, when it’s all over, it is not a “hot topic” on the internet anymore. Not many people spend time on social media to spread the truth, not many people even care what the truth was. It is hard to feel relief when this happens.

We cannot and we will never accept someone else’s narration about who we are. That is why we have chosen to return with the band. We know who we are and we can hold our heads and our music high with that knowledge.

I want to thank all of you – families, friends, other bands, and our amazing fans – for your belief in us and your support throughout a horrible situation. Our incredible lawyers, Steve Graham, Karren Lindholdt, Chris Bugbee, Jeffry Finner, and all the teams who stood by us – our management and our label. It’s priceless to see that we have so many people who were, are, and will be, with us. You know who you are.

I also want to thank Mr. Dominik Tarczynski from the Polish Parliament who visited us in Spokane and checked if our human rights were protected during the whole process, for supporting our families from the beginning. It means a lot more than words can express.

There will be more time in the future to talk about the path of our return, but now the most important thing for us is to get back to our lives, to return to the people and places and things that had been taken from us, to return to what became even more precious to us while we were away.

We are eager to get our lives back and we are grateful for the opportunity.

We are really sorry we were forced to cancel tours and festivals, but we will work very hard to bring all plans back to meet with all of you again, our community.

“From Pain To Strength” is still a valid motto.

Thank you, everyone, for your patience.

Vogg“

Confirmed Dates:

06/14 Cerveny Kostelec, CZE – Czech Deathfest
10/05-07 Brighton, UK – Mammothfest

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All Rape & Kidnapping Charges Against Decapitated Have Been Dropped

According to The Spokesman-Review, all rape and kidnapping charges made against Decapitated have been dropped. Spokane County prosecutor Kelly Fitzgerald filed a motion to dismiss the charges due to “the well being of the victim.” Despite this, they were dropped without prejudice, meaning there is a possibility that the band can still be prosecuted in the future.

All four members were previously waiting to go to trial on January 16, and had pleaded not guilty. The charges originally stemmed from an incident that occurred after their August 31, 2017 show in Spokane, WA, in which a woman claimed to have been gang raped by them. Attorneys were putting together a defense strategy, which was supposed to prove the accuser was untrustworthy, since she lied to authorities before, including one case in 2014 when “she admitted to lying to police about injuries she sustained during an assault, when her boyfriend was accused of stabbing three people.”

Decapitated have since issued the below statement:

“All charges against Decapitated have formally been dropped. Arrested September 8 in Santa Ana whilst on tour, the members of the band were jailed until December where they were released on their own recognizance.

New evidence arose that helped show that the band was innocent. While a trial would have given the band the opportunity to have all this evidence heard, the band welcome the decision and are excited to return back to their homes in Poland.

The members of Decapitated – Waclaw, Rafal, Michal and Hubert – send a sincere and heartfelt thanks to all who supported them during this difficult time, including fans, friends, and family.”

Decapitated Released From Jail, Trial Date Set For January

According to The Spokesman-Review, all four members of Decapitated have been released from jail, while they wait to go to trial for kidnapping and rape charges, which they have pleaded not guilty to. These charges stem from an incident that occurred after their August 31 show in Spokane, WA, in which a woman claims to have been gang raped by them. The band were released on their own recognizance and did not have to post bail, which was originally set at $100,000. They are scheduled to go to trial on January 16, and Judge Julie McKay has ordered them not to leave Washington until then. To make sure they comply, they were forced to sign waivers of extradition. They are also forbidden to talk to each other without lawyers present. It is also worth noting that the group have gained the support of Polish politician Dominik Tarczynsk, and that Thy Art Is Murder’s Andy Marsh has given a testimony saying the woman’s injuries were related to moshing.

Decapitated Members Enter Not Guilty Pleas To Rape & Kidnapping Charges

According to komonews.com, all four members of Decapitated returned to court in Spokane, WA today (October 24), where they pleaded not guilty to kidnapping and rape charges. They are scheduled to go to trial on December 18, but it may get pushed forward to 2018. The band are still in police custody with bail set at $100,000 following an incident that occurred after their August 31 in Spokane, WA.

Decapitated‘s Rafal “Rasta” Piotrowski & Hubert Wiecek Make First Court Appearance

Decapitated’s Rafal “Rasta” Piotrowski and Hubert Wiecek have made their first court appearance in Spokane, WA today (October 20), following an incident that occurred after the band’s August 31 show in the same city. Both were formally charged with first degree kidnapping, and rape, with Piotrowski being charged in the second-degree, and Wiecek being charged in the third-degree. Their passports have been turned over, and their bail is set at $100,000. The members also aren’t allowed to have any contact with one another. Waclaw Kieltyka and Michal Lysejko previously appeared in court on October 13, and received similar charges. It is worth noting that Piotrowski‘s attorney, Jeffry Finer has said the members are seeking bail, but are waiting for documents from Poland to “impress the court.”

[via The Spokesman-Review]

Decapitated‘s Waclaw Kieltyka & Michal Lysejko Make First Court Appearance

Decapitated’s Waclaw Kieltyka and Michal Lysejko have made their first court appearance in Spokane, WA yesterday (October 13), following an incident that occurred after the band’s August 31 show in the same city. Both were formally charged with first degree kidnapping, and rape, with Kieltyka being charged in the second-degree, and Lysejko being charged in the third-degree. Their passports have been turned over, and their bail is set at $100,000. Spokane Superior Court Judge Annette Plese also said that the members can’t have any contact with one another. Rafal “Rasta” Piotrowski and Waclaw “Vlogg” Kieltyka are are facing similar charges and are expected to appear in court on October 18. You can find photos from Kieltyka and Lysejko’s appearance ovber at The Spokesman-Review.

Decapitated Issue New Statement Following Official Rape Charges

Earlier today, it was reported that Decapitated have officially been charged with rape following an incident that occurred after the band’s August 31 show in Spokane, WA. Now, the band have issued a new statement regarding the charges, which you can read read below.

Decapitated’s statement:

“An update – following extradition from California to Washington, the band has now been charged. We’d like to emphasise; the Spokane Police Department has pressed charges as procedural formality, without doing so, they would be forced to release band – this is not a conviction or any indication of guilt or innocence.

Once again, we ask that everyone wait for each party’s case to be presented and await the court’s decision. With that said, whilst cases are being prepared on both sides, some facts are indisputable at this point – that the original officer who took the complaint from the accuser stated, “I do not have probable cause that a rape occurred”, and it’s taken a full 30 days to file charges, which is right up against the point at which the defendants would legally have had to be released.

The band firmly refutes the allegations and are confident that once the facts and evidence have been seen and heard, they will be released and able to return home.

Individuals who were present on the night in question with information about the case are asked to reach out to the defense lawyer, Steve Graham of Spokane, Washington.”