UPDATE on 07.09.2013 [Thanks to Bad English]: Swedish death metallers Necrophobic find themselves in a difficult situation and have finally released an official statement regarding the abuse allegations concerning their vocalist Tobias Sidegård. Their comment was basically "no comment". As for the label Season Of Mist, they will adopt the same policy and will not comment any further.

The band states: "Due to current allegations regarding Tobias, we want to point out that we cannot comment on an ongoing legal process in Sweden. Necrophobic however does not condone domestic violence. This will be our only statement until legal matters have been resolved."



Original news, published on 05.09.2013: Necrophobic are on the news again, but this time it's not about the music. Metal Insider reported that the group's frontman Tobias Sidegård was in jail for 18 months on allegations of domestic abuse of his wife and children. However, this morning Tobias has sent an email with his version of the story, claiming that he's been innocently accused, is a free man, and will get his final judgment in two weeks. Things are getting messy.

In Swedish court documents and police reports obtained by Metal Insider, Sidegård's wife Linda was interviewed by police describing "incidents in which she was beaten by him multiple times and forced into oral sex with him. He also was charged with abuse for beating his daughters Tindra and Nova with a homemade bullwhip. There are other allegations against Sidegard in the court documents. Tindra claimed that when she was younger, her father would lock her and her mother in their room during the day while he slept."

Tobias Sidegård's defense was reportedly that he was on amphetamines when hitting his children and that striking them with a bullwhip was him kidding around.

Tobias Sidegård's response in email today: "Hey! I saw the shit you are writing on your page. I've been set free after second appeal in higher court. Will get my judgement in 2 weeks and did really well in court, sooo. Most of the stuff you are writing about is stuff that I haven't even been accused for. Some of it I even proofed being untrue in the investigation. The picture you put up shows a Infected eye and had nothing to do with me. I wasn't even charged for it in court. I've been fucking innocently accused and never hit a woman in my life. Take that link away straight away and apologize. What you're doing is called defamation and is illegal. I will sew your asses otherwise. Thanx. /Tobias."


Source: facebook.com
Band profile: Necrophobic
 
Posted: 07.09.2013 by BloodTears



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PhantomLord21 - 05.09.2013 at 13:39  
Funny he knows how to spell "defamation", but not "sue"...

OK, being serious: if what this guy says is true, he'll still have to bear the stigma of the arrest if he's not found guilty. When you get arrested and tried for something serious, people don't seem to check whether you were found guilty or not, they just treat you as if you've done something unforgivable and, from that point on, it's hard to prove your innocence to them.

On the other hand, if he is found guilty, then I'm not sure how the band will go on. From the looks of things (I've never listened to these guys, just happened to be bored and read the news), he's one of two members to have been on every album the band has released, so the band will probably be in trouble if he is sent to prison: if they wait for him, that's 18 months (assuming he serves his full sentence: don't know how the Swedish system works) where they can't do anything and will then have the stigma of having a convicted domestic abuser in the band when he's out, but it'll be hard to replace him: he's been with the band for over 20 years, it's not like he's some guy they hired for a tour. Firing him, even on a temporary basis, would probably be a very difficult decision to make and hard for the fans to accept.

Any way you look at it, these guys are in for some hard times ahead...
BoxCar Willy - 05.09.2013 at 17:35  
Disagree with the stigma, hardly anyone remembers thy Jef Whitehead was arrested last year for assault on his girlfriend. (Which he was found innocent on)
The Shape 1973 - 05.09.2013 at 21:02  
There is no excuse for hitting women or children. Equally there is no excuse for making something up like that.

If she made it up it discredits all of the women who have been treated appallingly and makes it harder for them to prove in court.

If he did do it he deserves everything he gets.
RottingDeathHead - 06.09.2013 at 01:21  
If someone is taking meth & they truly believe they are innocent, 9 out of 10 times, they're just trying to cover their own ass. Trust me I know from experience.
Big-Al - 06.09.2013 at 07:37  
Oh boy, hope it all works out...
Void Eater - 06.09.2013 at 10:09  
So he beat his wife and kids and has a fetish for knitting butts?
Azarath - 06.09.2013 at 14:59  
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Tobias Sidegård's defense was reportedly that he was on amphetamines when hitting his children and that striking them with a bullwhip was him kidding around.


Well ok then, that makes perfect sense. Phew, I'm glad we got that cleared up. Best defense ever.
LeChron James - 07.09.2013 at 12:15  
Gaddamn Swedish death metal hillbillies. If this occurred in a trailer park, it'd be GOLD, JERRY! GOLD!

But still, kinda fucked up. Sorta.

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