The leading Italian singer-songwriter of the Eurovision Song Contest’s winning band has denied taking drugs, following speculation online about competition photos showing him leaning on a table.
Damiano David rejected the whole idea that he was consuming cocaine during the Eurovision song contest.
‘I Don’t Use Drugs’
“I don’t use drugs. Please, guys. Don’t say that really, no cocaine,” he said at a press conference.
He is set to take a voluntary drug medical examination in the days to come.
Måneskin, who was the favorite to win the competition, took home the top prize for his song Zitti e buoni.
People at home guessed what the artist was doing drugs when he was seen bending his face to the table as the group celebrated their victory live.
In a statement, the Eurovision communications team said: “We are aware of the speculation surrounding the video clip of the Italian winners of the Eurovision Song Contest in the Green Room tonight and we are taking a look.”
The group later responded to the allegations on Instagram, saying they were shocked and disapproved of drug use:
‘We Have Nothing To Hide’
The band later also reacted to the allegation in an Instagram story, saying they were shocked and did not condone drug use:
“We are really drug-free and have never used cocaine. We are ready to be tested, because we have nothing to hide.”
They are the first team to win the competition since 2006. They also gave Italy its first victory since 1990.
France’s Barbara Previ came second with Voilà, while Switzerland’s Gjon’s Tears came third with his Tout l’Universe ballad.
The UK reached the final of the competition, with James Newman’s Embers scoring nul points.