Burzum’s Varg Vikernes has asked fans to help fund his legal fees as he takes legal action against French authorities.
Under his Burzum moniker, Norwegian born musician Varg Vikernes released some of the defining documents of Black Metal. However the Scandinavian artist became embroiled in notoriety after being found guilty of a string of arson attacks on Christian churches and even the murder of fellow metal musician Mayhem’s Øystein Aarseth.
Jailed in 1994, Varg Vikernes was released in 2009 and moved to France with his family. Earlier this year, though, French authorities raised the musician's farm and accused him of plotting a massacre.
Both Vikernes and his wife were released a few days later, but their children were placed in their grandparents' custody and it is alleged that police froze the musician's bank accounts.
Set to be charged under French anti-racism laws due to a string of blog posts, the one time Burzum musician is now attempting to take legal action against authorities. In a lengthy posting, Varg Vikernes asked fans to help support the costs of legal action.
"We want to sue the authorities for arresting us for no good reason whatsoever, doing so in the most brutal way possible and with children present, and also for without any reason taking away our right to own or even possess weapons," he wrote. "I ask you all to help us speak up for our rights and freedom, and for the rights and freedom of all others too. Before it is too late."
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