In New Zealand: Peter Maffay was “actually in jail”

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Peter Maffay is a rock star with a big heart. In New Zealand, however, the singer was once behind bars for a few hours. (Photomontage) © IMAGO / Andreas Weihs

Peter Maffay is a rock star with a big heart. In New Zealand, however, the singer was once behind bars for a few hours.

Starnberger See – Peter Maffay (73) is a hit star with a rocker attitude. Tattooed and wearing a leather jacket, he regularly rides his motorcycle through the countryside, but Maffay has absolutely nothing to do with criminal biker gangs. Nevertheless, the “Tabaluga” maker had to go to prison before. In a new interview, the singer revealed how it came about and why he was allowed to end his stay behind bars after just a few hours. It all happened many years ago in New Zealand.

At that time, Maffay was on the roads of the island state, which is known for its breathtaking nature. However, due to unfortunate circumstances, he caused an accident that prompted the New Zealand police to arrest the pop musician. It took a few hours before it was clarified what exactly had happened in the collision. Maffay stayed in a cell with some other prisoners. Fortunately, however, it quickly became clear that “The Voice” coach was not to blame and Maffay was allowed to leave prison as a free man.

Peter Maffay speaks openly about his former imprisonment in New Zealand

“By the way, I was actually in prison once. I caused an accident and then had to be behind bars for a few hours until the circumstances were clarified,” says Peter Maffay in an interview with the ProSieben magazine “Red”. Incidentally, no one was injured in the accident. This is probably one of the reasons why Maffay was allowed to leave the New Zealand prison fairly quickly.

It has been clear for a long time that the interpreter of “You have to walk over seven bridges” does not have a criminal streak: Maffay has been involved in charitable causes for decades, especially for children in need. With his “Peter Maffay Foundation” he works above all for traumatized children in order to provide them with the care they urgently need.

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