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German porn star faces Nazi salute trial

Melanie Mueller claims she was merely trying to excite the audience during a live music performance

Melanie Müller is jubilant after her victory in the Promi Big Brother event 2021. After three weeks of living in front of TV cameras, viewers voted her the winner in the container © Getty Images / Roberto Pfeil/picture alliance via Getty Images

German pop singer and former adult film star Melanie Mueller is facing charges from the prosecutor’s office in Leipzig after she allegedly ‘repeatedly’ displayed a Nazi salute during a public performance in the German city last year, local media outlets reported this week.

Prosecutors have accused Mueller of performing the salute during a live concert in September after video footage distributed online appeared to show the 34-year-old repeatedly raising her arm in a manner similar to the fascist salute.

According to German media outlet RTL News, Mueller was charged on Wednesday for promoting Police searched Mueller’s residence in Leipzig last year, Tagesspiegel reported on Wednesday.

The public prosecutor will now decide if it will bring formal charges against Mueller. If she is convicted, the entertainer faces a maximum of three years in prison.

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The former adult film star, who has previously performed in x-rated movies under the stage name Scarlet Young, has denied the accusations that have been made against her, and says that she was merely gesturing with her arms in a manner designed to get the audience excited during the event. She has also denied any links to extremist or far-right organizations.

In August of last year, Mueller was the subject of criticism after she attended a boxing event held by a group with links to far-right extremism, according to Spiegel. She later explained her attendance by saying she was an and that she was to what she assumed was a charity event.

It has been illegal to perform a Nazi salute in since shortly after the Second World War. Visitors to the country are periodically arrested by authorities in the country for displaying the fascist gesture. In 2022, three English football fans were detained by police in Munich for showing a Nazi salute before a match in the city.

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