A member of the band that won this year's Eurovision Song Contest
has agreed to take a drug test, according to the event's organizers, after video of the Italian frontman leaning his face toward a table raised suspicions of cocaine use.
Damiano David, the lead singer of the glam rock band Mneskin, which won the international competition on Saturday, offered to take a voluntary drug test after returning home, according to the event's organizer, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).
“This (test) was requested by them last night but could not be immediately organized by the EBU,” organizers said, adding, “We are still carefully reviewing footage and will update with additional information in due course.”
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David has denied taking drugs, and his band, management, and the head of the Italian delegation have all stated that there were no drugs in the green
room where David and his band were sitting at the time of the incident.
“I don’t use drugs,” David stated at a press conference following his band’s big win. “Please, guys. Don’t say that, really, no cocaine,” he added.
David claimed he was looking down because his bandmate, guitarist Thomas Raggi, had broken a glass, but the EBU confirmed finding broken glass at the table during an on-site check.
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In an Instagram
post, the band reiterated its defense and expressed shock at David's allegations.
“We truly are 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 perform our music
, and we are overjoyed with our Eurovision victory, and we want to thank everyone for their support.”
Mneskin won the competition with their song "Zitti E Buoni," which received 524 points, putting them 25 points ahead of France
's Barbara Pravi, who performed her song "Voila." Switzerland's Gjon's Tears finished third with their song "Tout l'Univers."
The world's largest live music event, held this year in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, drew a total of 26 countries.