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January 19, 2018

All Four Members Of DECAPITATED Released From Jail While Awaiting Rape Trial


According to The Spokesman-Review, all four members of the Polish death metal band DECAPITATED have been released from jail as they await trial for allegedly kidnapping and raping a woman on their tour bus three months ago.

35-year-old guitarist Waclaw Kieltyka, who was charged with first-degree kidnapping and second-degree rape, was released on Monday, while 27-year-old drummer Michal Lysejko, 31-year-old singer Rafal Piotrowski and 30-year-old bassist Hubert Wiecek were released on November 22.

Piotrowski was charged with first-degree kidnapping and second-degree rape, Wiecek was charged with first-degree kidnapping and third-degree rape, and Lysejko was charged with first-degree kidnapping and third-degree rape.

As part of their release conditions, the musicians were ordered to stay in Washington and were required to turn in their passports. In the event that they do return to Poland, they were ordered to sign waivers of extradition, meaning they were agreeing to be extradited to the U.S.

The DECAPITATED members were released on their own recognizance and did not have to post a bond.

Their trial will begin on January 16.

The woman alleged she was gang-raped by the musicians in their tour bus bathroom after DECAPITATED‘s August 31 concert with THY ART IS MURDER at The Pin concert venue in downtown Spokane as part of the two bands’ “Double Homicide” tour. The woman said entered the bus for drinks with the band before each member forced themselves on her.

Deputies later stated the victim had “significant bruising to her upper arms consistent with being restrained” and “small abrasions on her knuckles that were scabbed over.”

All four members of DECAPITATED were arrested on September 9 in Santa Ana, California after performing at the Observatory. They were held in Los Angeles County Jail before being extradited to Spokane.

DECAPITATED announced in September that it was canceling all previously announced tour dates. The band also publicly denied the accusations.

In a statement, the DECAPITATED members said that “the original officer who took the complaint from the accuser stated, ‘I do not have probable cause that a rape occurred.'” They added that they were “confident that once the facts and evidence have been seen and heard, they will be released and able to return home.”
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