The Twitter thread by Ms. Lynn was quickly picked up, and as many as 50 other women got in touch over social media to share similar stories, she said in a direct message exchange with The New York Times over Instagram. She posted some of the messages on her own feed, with the women’s names deleted.
Many major German news outlets investigated and published evidence of a system to recruit young women to backstage parties. Women who spoke anonymously to the newspaper Die Welt said that, after attending the gatherings, they experienced symptoms that could indicate they had been drugged. But no one, besides Ms. Lynn, agreed to put their name to the charges.
Then a German social media influencer, Kaya Loska, 21, who posts as Kayla Shyx, posted her own story on YouTube, where she has nearly 800,000 subscribers. In the 37-minute video, she says she was recruited to attend a backstage party at a Rammstein concert in Berlin, in June 2022. She had to give her cellphone to security, she says, and was led into a room where young women were offered alcohol and sandwiches, and told to wait.
“We were simply brought in there so that Rammstein could choose some for himself,” Ms. Loska texted a friend hours after the concert, according to screenshots she shared in her video. She left the party after having that realization, she says in the video.
It was well-known on Rammstein fan sites and in Reddit threads devoted to the band that women who wanted to attend the band’s backstage parties could get in touch via Instagram with Alena Makeeva, a Russian woman who called herself Rammstein’s “casting director.” Ms. Lynn and Ms. Loska both said that Ms. Makeeva had invited them to attend the parties.
Ms. Lynn, whose social media posts ultimately led the Berlin investigation, said she was encouraged by how many women had spoken out already. “Already there has been so many girls,” Ms. Lynn said in an Instagram direct message, adding that she believed the state prosecutor’s investigation would encourage more to come forward.
“I can’t imagine how many more there will be,” she said. “I can only hope the girls too afraid know that they can have faith in me, and have faith we will get justice.”