Rammfen scuttlebutt has it that Recuenco has his britches in a knot at Rammstein over the MHB explicit video. Apparently, he's merrily wanking away on his Facebook about the fact that Rammstein chose not to share his artistic vision with the world and vowing never, ever to work with them again.
Because this is Rammfen, the original story(that Recuenco was butthurt over the band's decision not to air his video) has slowly morphed into the assertion that Rammstein "stole" Recuenco's work, and then to Rammstein failed to pay him for his work. To be fair, only one poster has asserted that version of the story, but it only takes on for a wisp of rumor to turn into a raging conflagration of misinformation.
I have no doubt that Rammstein paid him. Receunco himself has neither intimated or claimed they haven't, and if that were so, I suspect that he would be screaming it from the rooftops for the world to hear, because he strikes me as a highly-strung, high-maintenance diva flouncer that makes Richard seem positively zen and even-keeled. This sounds like a monumental case of chapped ass, where Recuenco cannot fathom that anyone could fail to appreciate his artistic genius.
Now, if he's arguing that he deserves a directing credit or co-credit since some of his footage was used in the final cut, then I can see that. Bihac might have helped them create a finished product, but Recuenco laid the groundwork, and he should be given a co-directing credit.
As long as they paid him for the work, they can do what they want with it, including wipe their asses with it.
On a related note, I watched the MHB explicit making-of, and was surprised to learn that the model in the video was...I'll say disabled for want of a better term, though she didn't seem physically impaired. She looked very different from most people; I just assumed it was makeup and effects, but according to the band, it was the result of an unspecified illness or impairment. And God bless them for not prying about it. Too many people would have been all up in her business, whether she wanted to talk about it or not, and I loved that it was largely irrelevant to them aside from the fact that it seemed to have made her a complete, unrepentant badass. I also loved that Till wasn't averse to getting to know her more after the video ended.
Richard also spoke highly of her and seemed quite impressed. Had he used the word "inspiring" to describe her outlook on life, I would have headsmashed my keyboard into tiny fragments, but he used "positive", instead, which connotes a benefit for everyone, not just the onlookers waiting to be awed by the bravery of the handicapable person. Maybe he meant "inspirational" and used "positive" because he figured it was close enough, but I choose to believe he truly meant positive because it's a word that acknowledges her as a person in her own right and doesn't reduce her to a feel-good totem with which others can revive their flagging spirits.
And watching the kids play with Flake in his mask was adorable, as was Till's finger-wagging admonishment of no Nintendo, no pudding, and go to bed early. No Nintendo, I get, because I've pulled many an ill-advised all-nighter on that console, but why no pudding?
ETA: Speaking of misinformation, I've spread a bit of it myself. Upon rereading, no one has accused Rammstein of failure to pay. They simply claimed that Rammstein paid him for the work and then gave all the credit for the video to Bihac. They then drew parallels between this scenario and being robbed of credit for university research that ultimately leads to a new discovery. The analogy doesn't hold up, in my mind, because in the latter case, said research and credit often leads to further financial opportunities in the form of tenure, more grants, and patents on gadgets and chemical compounds. One could argue that good work on one video could lead to other offers, but I don't think video directors get a cut of the action once the video is done.