Lawyers For Rammstein’s Till Lindemann Awarded Publication Ban Against Spiegel Over Sexual Misconduct Allegations Reporting (Updated)


The legal team of Rammstein vocalist Till Lindemann have scored a legal victory against German publication Spiegel (‘Mirror’ in English) in regards to the publication’s reporting on the recent sexual misconduct allegations that have cropped up this year against Lindemann.

As has has been reported by numerous outlets, so-called ‘Row 0’ backstage parties organized by members of the band’s camp have drawn the interest of German prosecutors as of late, after a woman came forward with allegations of being drugged at one such event this past spring.

Since then, several allegations have been published by German news outlets regarding the the ‘Row 0’ parties, offering claims from women who allege the parties center around potential sexual encounters with Lindemann and members of the band’s crew. As such, German prosecutors have opened a probe into the parties.

An article published on June 10th, 2023 by Spiegel regarding the Row 0 parties became the subject of a legal battle for the nature of the allegations published within. A temporary ruling has now led to a publication ban being enforced upon Spiegel. A statement originally issued in German by Lindemann‘s legal team outlines that legal outcome below:

“On the cover of its edition dated June 10, 2023 (Issue No. 24/2023), SPIEGEL reported under the headline “Twilight of the Gods” about allegations made by various women. The article was also published online under the title “Sex, Power, Alcohol – What the young women from Row Zero report” in the SPIEGEL+ subscription section.

By interim injunction of the Hamburg Regional Court dated July 14, 2023, SPIEGEL has now been prohibited from suggesting that Till Lindemann drugged or had women drugged with knockout drops/drugs/alcohol during concerts of the group “Rammstein” to enable him to perform sexual acts on the women. In the grounds of the decision, the Hamburg Regional Court states that there is a lack of the necessary minimum evidence for this serious suspicion.

Specifically, it states: “No testimony of the witnesses, who have sworn their statements under oath or to the authors of the applicant (cf. affidavits of the authors of the applicant …), bears the suspicion that the applicant drugged or had women drugged with knockout drops/alcohol/drugs at concerts to enable him to perform sexual acts on the women.”

The reference to the insufficient affidavits of the alleged witnesses is particular relevance because SPIEGEL based its reporting prominently on alleged conversations with a dozen women and also on the signing of several affidavits. With the decision of the Hamburg Regional Court, the most serious allegation made in the contested SPIEGEL article has been banned by the court.

In addition, SPIEGEL has been prohibited from making two false factual claims. The judicial ban includes 18 partially long passages of the article, which are reproduced in detail on 6 pages of the interim injunction.

The decision of the Hamburg Regional Court is exemplary of a suspicion reporting on the “MeToo” topic that has completely gone off track in recent times. Aware that reporting on this topic ensures high sales and online views, the media increasingly ignore the guidelines established by the case law for suspicion reporting.

Again and again, serious allegations are reported even though only one-sided statements are available and criminal investigations have not been initiated or are still at an early stage. This leads to massive pre-judgements and violations of the presumption of innocence as provided by the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

To the extent that the suspicion prohibited to SPIEGEL has also been raised by other media, which we are also taking legal action against.”

Speaking last month amid the initial allegations, Rammstein issued the below statement:

“The publications of the last few days have caused irritation and questions among the public and especially among our fans. The allegations hit us all very hard and we take them extremely seriously.

We say to our fans: It is important to us that you feel comfortable and safe at our shows – in front of and behind the stage.

We condemn any kind of transgression and ask you:
do not engage in public prejudice of any kind against those who have made allegations. You have a right to your point of view.

But we, the band, also have a right – namely not to be prejudiced either.”

The band’s drummer Christoph Schneider also issued a personal statement on social media last month as well, offering:

“Dear people,

I would like to share my personal emotions and thoughts with you.

The accusations of the last few weeks have deeply shaken us as a band and me as a person. You fans certainly too. I feel as if in shock by the things that have been shared on social media and in the press and in print about our singer. This is an ebb and flow of emotions for us band members and crew.

No, I don’t think anything criminally relevant (such as the use of knockout drops) happened. No. I don’t think anything illegal was going on, I’ve never seen anything like it, nor heard anything like it from any of our crew of 100 people. All I heard from Till‘s parties were adults celebrating together. And yet things seem to have happened that, although legally ok, I personally don’t think are ok. Certain structures have grown that went beyond the limits and values of the other band members. It is also important to us that Till‘s parties are not confused with our official after-show parties.

Till has distanced himself from us in recent years and created his own bubble.

With their own people, their own parties, their own projects. That made me sad, definitely. I believe Till when he tells us that he always wanted and still wants to give his private guests a good time. How exactly these guests had imagined this, however, seems to differ in some cases from his own ideas. The wishes and expectations of the women who have now come forward were probably not fulfilled. According to their statements, they felt uncomfortable, on the edge of a situation that they could no longer control.

I feel sorry for her and I feel compassion. However, it is important for me to emphasize something objective: every guest in the backstage area is free to leave (they may have to wait a moment for security to lead them safely to the exit). All bottles are sealed and in full view of the guests freshly opened or they open them themselves.

Water and snacks are available just like Security personnel and medical care available at any time. We want all of our guests to feel comfortable and safe with us!

This is our standard. So I’m sorry to hear that some didn’t feel that way.

We have the greatest fans in the world and they all deserve to be treated with respect! I’m sorry for anyone who wasn’t treated kindly or felt unsafe backstage with us.

Also for Shelby, she deserved a great concert and a wonderful evening.

But I don’t want this whole public dispute about our band to feed the extremes: neither the beast social media, which has not yet been tamed by our society, nor paternalistic tendencies to deny women in their mid-20s the ability to make self-determined decisions about their sexuality and also by no means victim blaming, so that people continue to talk about it if something happened to them. I wish for a calm, level-headed reflection and processing, also in our band.

And all together, six of us. We stand together.

Your Christoph Schneider.”

*An early version of this story misidentified the publication in question featured in the story. It has since been revised to reflect the ban was granted against German publication Spiegel.

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