According to a report from «Süddeutsche Zeitung», the label Universal Music stopped the collaboration with Rammstein after allegations against the band‘s frontman Till Lindemann.
«We are convinced that a full clarification of the allegations, also by the authorities, is absolutely necessary and must also be in the interest of the entire band. After the allegations became known, we have suspended the marketing and promotion activities for the band's recordings until further notice,» a Universal spokesperson told the newspaper on Thursday.
Further, the company said: «The accusations against Till Lindemann have shocked us, and we have the greatest respect for the women who have spoken out so courageously in public in this case.»
The label's announcement is significant. Universal Music Group, the world's biggest major label, has been working with Rammstein since their 1995 album Herzeleid.
On Wednesday, it was reported that the public prosecutor’s office in Berlin had initiated preliminary proceedings against Till Lindemann.
According to the public prosecutor’s office, the investigation was initiated ex officio and based on several reports by third parties that were «not involved in any of the offences». There were allegations «in the area of sexual offences and the distribution of narcotics».
The public prosecutor’s office did not provide any further information concerning the personal rights of the potentially injured parties and the accused.
Till Lindemann rejects the accusations against him, his lawyers announced legal steps.