A member of the group that won this year’s Eurovision song contest agreed to take a drug test, event organizers said on Sunday, after video of the Italian frontman tilting his face towards a table raised suspicions of cocaine use.
Damiano David – lead singer of glam rock band Måneskin, which won the international competition on Saturday – offered to take a voluntary drug test after arriving home, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) said, the organizer of the event, in a press release.
“This (test) was requested by them last night but could not be organized immediately by the EBU,” organizers said. “We always carefully review images and will update additional information in due course.”
David has denied using drugs. His group, management and the head of the Italian delegation said there were no drugs present in the green room, where David and his group were seated during the incident in question.
“I don’t use drugs,” David said at a press conference after his group’s big victory. “Please, guys. Don’t say that, really, no cocaine.
David said he was just looking down because his teammate, guitarist Thomas Raggi, had broken a glass. The EBU said it confirmed it found broken glass on the table during an on-site check.
The group reiterated their defense in an Instagram post and expressed shock at the charges against David.
“We are really AGAINST drugs and we have never used cocaine. We are ready to be tested, because we have nothing to hide, ”the statement read. “We are here to play our music and we are very happy with our victory at Eurovision and we want to thank everyone for supporting us.”
Måneskin won the competition with their song “Zitti E Buoni”, which earned them 524 points, which puts them ahead of Frenchwoman Barbara Pravi, who performed her song “Voila”. The Swiss Gjon’s Tears came in third place with their song “All the Universe”.
A total of 26 countries took part in the finals of the world’s largest live music event, which this year took place in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
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