SATYRICON Guitarists: We Are Innocent

December 22, 2004

According to the Norwegian newspaper VG Nett, the attorney representing the two SATYRICON guitarists charged with dosing a fan with a date-rape drug and sexually assaulting her following a concert in Toronto is hoping to get the musicians released on bail on December 30. Apparently, their criminal records (if any) in Norway will checked and will be used to determine whether or not they will be allowed to return to their home country while they await the start of a possible trial/court case. Toronto police spokesperson Kristine Bacharach said that up to a year can pass before a case such as this goes to trial.

The musicians, Steinar Gundersen, 34, and Arnt Gronbech, 27, are said to be baffled by the charges and believe they will be fully vindicated once all the facts have been presented in the case.

In a press statement released to the Norwegian media through the Norwegian law firm Gram, Hambro og Garmann, the two permanent members of SATYRICON — frontman Sigurd Wongraven (a.k.a. Satyr) and drummer Kjetil Haraldstad (a.k.a. Frost) — write that they are convinced of the two session musicians' innocence:

"As a result of [Gundersen and Gronbechbeing] being held in custody in Toronto, we have been forced to cancel the rest of our North American tour. We would like to apologize to our fans and our business partners."

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