The European Broadcasting Union, organizers of the Eurovision song competition, said Sunday it is looking into allegations that a member of event winner Maneskin was seen using drugs on video.
“We are aware of the speculation about the video clip of the Italian winners of the Eurovision Song Contest in the Green Room last night,” said the organizers.
The EBU added that the metal band had “heavily refuted” allegations of drug use and that the prime suspect, singer Damiano David, would take a voluntary drug test upon arrival. A test was requested from him on Saturday evening, “which however could not be organized immediately by the EBU,” said the organizers.
What would happen in the event of a positive test is unclear.
Social media footage shows the band drinking and partying at their table during the event. Damiano David’s head bowed briefly over the table, leading to speculation that he was using drugs.
David denied such actions at a press conference on Saturday evening.
“(Guitarist Thomas Raggi) broke a glass … I don’t use drugs. Please guys, don’t say that. Don’t really say that. Please don’t cocaine, don’t say that,” he said.
EBU claims: “The band, their management and the head of delegation told us that there were no drugs in the Green Room and stated that a glass was broken at their table and the singer cleared it up. After an on-site inspection, the EBU can confirm that broken glass has been found. We are still reviewing the footage closely and will update it with more information in due course. “
Italy, the show’s betting favorite, won the 65th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with 524 points. The French chanteuse Barbara Pravi came second with 499 points and the Swiss Gjon’s Tears followed with 432 points.
The glam rock group in Rome consists of David, bassist Victoria De Angelis, guitarist Thomas Raggi and drummer Ethan Torchio.