WARNING: This story contains references to rape, violence and kidnapping, which some readers may find distressing.
The disturbing saga involving Thy Art Is Murder‘s US tour mates Decapitated is continuing to unfold, with the latter band releasing a statement amid accusations they kidnapped and gang-raped a woman in the bathroom of their tour bus.
The Polish death metal outfit are currently being held behind bars following the incident, which is alleged to have taken place following a show on their co-headlining ‘Double Homicide’ tour with Thy Art.
All four members of Decapitated stand accused of raping a female fan after inviting her on board their tour bus for drinks following their recent show in Spokane, Washington.
And in the wake of the horrific accusations, they’ve now released an official statement “strongly denying” any wrongdoing.
“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.”
While Thy Art Is Murder are yet to make any kind of comment on the situation, their US tour support act Ghost Bath have taken to Facebook to confirm the remainder of the shows scheduled on the bands’ joint tour would still be going ahead, without Decapitated.
In the meantime, while the ugly saga surrounding Decapitated continues, Thy Art have announced a massive Australian tour for 2018.