Concert in Kraków, Poland
On February 1st, 2004, during a live broadcast concert in Kraków, Poland, the band displayed sheep heads on stakes, a bloodbath of 80 litres of sheep's blood, satanic symbols, and four naked crucified models on stage. One of the female models fainted. A police investigation took place with allegations of religious offense and cruelty to animals. Though these charges were considered, the band was not charged. The whole controversy lead to the band being dropped from the roster of the Nuclear Blast Tour and the footage of the concert being confiscated by the police.
Gaahl, Assault charges
Shortly after the Poland Incident, singer Gaahl was sentenced to 18 months incarceration for beating of a 41-year old man and threatening to drink his blood in Norway in 2002. He appealed the case, and in spring 2005, he was sentenced to 14 months in jail as well as paying the victim 180 000 NOK. He is currently in prison.
Infernus, Rape charges
In February 2005, Infernus was accused and convicted of raping a young woman at an after-party. She claimed she was kept hostage and abused for more than an hour before she managed to flee in just a towel. Infernus was found not guilty of the actual rape, but was still charged with his indifferent attitude as the rape was committed by a friend of his and he did nothing to stop it. He is looking at a year in Norwegian prison. The case has been appealed.
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