Nearly a month has passed since EDM duo DVBBS were apprehended following their performance at the festival Baloton Sound in Sziget, Hungary, but the aftermath of the incident still continues to unfold. It later came to light that three of the six girls seen in the brothers' dressing room had been found unconscious, and now word has surfaced that their lawyers are asking for 100,000 Hungarian forint from a number of parties, which is the rough equivalent of $360,000 USD.
According to a source who spoke to Hungarian media outlet Bors, DVBBS themselves are expected to reach a settlement with the girls outside of court. The remainder of the damages will likely be incurred by the promoters, whose insurance is expected to cover the loss - similarly to instances in which rock stars destroy hotel rooms on a promoter's dime.
The source went on to reveal that investigators suspect sexual assault to have occurred on the evening in question, but speculate that an unknown perpetrator had been involved. In addition, they disclosed that one of the girls was the 18-year-old daughter of Hungarian television personality Bényi Ildikó.
Even when adjusted for the difference in cost of living between the US and Hungary, the sum in question falls closer to $500,000 - which still seems far lower than what a sexual assault victim might reasonably demand in a US market, especially when taking account the particularly accusatory tone of one of the girls' testimonies.
As far as DVBBS are concerned, anyways, the damages sustained are not limited to a simple settlement amount. Their upcoming performance at Sziget Festival was cancelled as a result, and the tidal wave of media backlash has put their names in the mouths of music fans for all the wrong reasons.
If, as the source speculated, the entirety of the negotiations between DVBBS, Balaton Sound's organizers and the victims is handled outside of court, additional developments from the dressing room incident may be few and far between. Considering that enough anonymous sources have divulged information to the Hungarian press that they've been able to paint such a clear picture of how it has unfolded, however, that might not be the case after all.