Former Pink Floyd frontman being investigated for wearing 'Nazi-like' attire at show

 May 27, 2023

Roger Waters, the former frontman of Pink Floyd, has found himself in hot legal trouble after sporting what was described as Nazi-like attire at a recent show.

According to Breitbart, at a concert in Berlin, Germany earlier this month, the legendary rocker wore bizarre clothing, including "a long black leather coat with a red armband with two hammers fashioned into an “X,” black gloves, and a black suit and tie, and carrying a machine gun replica."

The outfit quickly caught the attention of the Berlin State Criminal Police Office.

Now, Waters is under investigation.

What's going on?

The Berlin police agency released a statement this week explaining in detail why it opened the investigation into Waters.

"The State Security Department at the Berlin State Criminal Police Office has initiated a criminal investigation procedure regarding the suspicion of incitement of the people (140 Paragraph 4 of the German criminal Code)," the agency said in a statement.

The agency added: "The context of the clothing worn is deemed capable of approving, glorifying or justifying the violent and arbitrary rule of the Nazi regime in a manner that violates the dignity of the victims and thereby disrupts public peace. After the conclusion of the investigation, the case will be forwarded to the Berlin Public Prosecutor’s Office for legal assessment."

Footage of Waters sporting the Nazi-like apparel at the concert was uploaded to social media, garnering mixed reactions.

Waters responds

The former Pink Floyd frontman notably made clear before the concert started that he's not anti-semitic, although many have claimed otherwise given a number of anti-Israel statements he's allegedly made in the past.

"The show will start in 10 minutes and a court in Frankfurt has ruled that I am not an antisemite… just to be clear, I condemn antisemitism unreservedly," a screen read before his show opened.

Breitbart noted:

Waters also noted that his concert trappings were meant to evoke his 1979 fascist character in the Pink Floyd film The Wall and the album of the same name.

Only time will tell how far German police take the investigation, but regardless, his choice of outfit that night has certainly evoked strong reactions.

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