Behemoth frontman Adam ‘Nergal’ Darsky says a woman who stalked him for one-and-a-half years has been ordered to pay damages and stay away from him.
Darsky took to social media to explain the situation, saying ‘Karolina W’ began harassing him on multiple social media accounts in 2017.
“I was being stalked from October 2017 to May 2019 by a very well-educated woman holding a socially important position,” he said.
“She had created a number of accounts in social media (on Facebook and Instagram), through which she made numerous comments that were vulgar, degrading and offensive towards those close to me.”
He said he didn’t react to her because stalkers wanted to stay in touch with their victim and they seek attention.
Darsky said when total indifference doesn’t work, people should report the cast to law enforcement.
“In order to stand up to a stalker, you need to be aware that stalking is a crime punishable by imprisonment for up to three years, and in the event of a victim being brought to suicide, up to ten years.”
He said his lawyers reported the crime and filed a motion for prosecution at his request, and the prosecutor’s office handled the case.
“The case was a difficult one, involving a lot of time and patience.
“It was frustrating for me personally because I wasn’t allowed to react in any way.”
According to Darksy, an indictment was brought before the court against Karolina W, who acknowledged her behaviour.
As a result, her attorney filed for a conditional discontinuance of the proceedings.
“With my consent, we settled the case amicably,” Darsky said.
“The court issued a verdict against the stalker conditionally discontinuing the proceedings for a probationary period of three years.
“The sentence also prohibits her from contacting me and approaching me closer than 50 metres.”
Additionally, he said the court ordered her to pay him PLN 1,000 ($A380) in damages, which he donated to the Mozna Inaczej foundation fighting against stalking.
“She is going to respect the restraining orders imposed on her by the court and will not violate my privacy anymore.
“It’s important to know that stalking must be opposed even though it isn’t easy.
“It requires strong will and time. The process is also expensive and not always successful. I have succeeded in winning this fight, for which I thank my lawyers, Malgorzata Ciuksza.
“Know that I will react to every persistent harassment of me or my loved ones.
“I will react to stalking, hate speech and any other behaviour that may be considered a crime.”