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.”