Long-time Swedish death metal band Necrophobic
will release a new album in October via Season of Mist. However, according to Metal Insider
, all is not well within the band's ranks as frontman Tobias Sidegard
was recently imprisoned for abusing his wife and children. Sentenced to 18 months in prison, Metal Insider describes the situation in the following manner:
In Swedish court documents and police reports obtained by Metal Insider, Sidegard'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.
For his part, Tobias claimed that he was on amphetamines when he hit his children with the bullwhip, claiming that he was only joking, and that he would never harm his children. The reports paint a different picture for his wife, with a cell phone photo of her with a swollen eye among the evidence presented to the court. He was also accused of stepping on her feet with full force, causing fractures, pain and swelling. In interviews with his previous wife, Anna, she said that in ten years of marriage, he was verbally abusive and was domineering, but he never hit her. After being confronted with the allegations of him beating his children, he threatened suicide.
UPDATE: Sidegard sent the following rebuttal to Metal Insider:
"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."