Decapitated Respond to Rape Charges
Following this morning’s news that all four members of the band have formally been charged with rape, Decapitated have released the following 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.”
Fans may feel reassured to hear that the band is continuing to maintain their innocence. Unfortunately, there’s no positive outcome to this case. Either a woman was raped, or a woman is lying about having been raped and every victim-shaming misogynist asshole on the Internet is going to feel that their heinous views are justified. And that might be the best case scenario, since it means no one was hurt. So this whole thing is just… completely fucked.
More news as it becomes available.