As new allegations of sexual abuse follow an incident during the band’s concert in Vilnius, Lithuania, Kiepenheuer & Witsch, the publisher of Rammstein frontman Till Lindemann, has parted ways with him. The publishing business revealed the change in a social media post that has now been translated.

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In addition to the alleged incident at a recent event, the publisher disclosed that Lindemann was promptly terminated as a client after learning that a book he published with them was allegedly prominently featured in a pornographic video shot by the frontman.

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The publisher’s statement said,

“It is with shock that we have followed public allegations against Till Lindemann in the last few days. Our sympathy and respect goes to the women affected.

In the course of current reporting, we became aware of a porn video in which Till Lindemann celebrates sexual violence against women and in which the 2013 book “In still night” published by Kiepenheuer & Witsch plays a role. We rate this as gross breach of trust and as a ruthless act in relation to the values ​​we represent as a publisher.

We defend the freedom of art with full conviction. Through Till Lindemann’s actions that humiliate women in the aforementioned porn and the targeted use of our book in a pornographic context, the separation between the “lyrical I” and the author/artist, which we so staunchly defended, is mocked by the author himself.

From our point of view, Till Lindemann exceeds immovable limits in dealing with women. We have therefore decided to end our collaboration with Till Lindemann with immediate effect, as our
relationship of trust with the author has been irretrievably broken.”

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This news was also revealed following further charges of inappropriate behavior and sexual misbehavior, according to German news site Tagesschau. According to their reporting, a number of women have purportedly come forward with accounts of their interactions with the artist, with at least two of those women alleging they were subjected to non-consensual sex activities.