Updated: Lamb of God frontman arrested for manslaughter
Updated: 2 July
Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe has reportedly been arrested in Prague on manslaughter charges.
According to a report posted by the Czech news site Novinky, the singer was arrested prior to a gig a the Rock CafÃ© on charges stemming from an incident that occurred when the band was last in Prague on May 24, 2010.
Details are hazy (especially as they’re filtered though the magic of Google translate) but according to the article a spokeswoman for Prague police has announced that “We have arrested singer year 1971, which was accused of a crime of bodily harm in the 4th paragraph, thus resulting in death”
Metal Sucks has reported that “Allegedly, a fan lept on stage during the show, resulting in a physical altercation with the frontman. The fan eventually succumbed to his injuries and died, leading to the charges Blythe now faces.”
Lamb of God’s publicity firm Adrenaline PR has declared that Blythe has been “wrongfully accused, lawyers are dealing with it, and we expect him to be fully exonerated.”
Metal Sucks reports that Blythe has been released on bail of four million Czech crowns (about $200,000 US), which is equivalent to Blythe’s yearly salary. Blythe has not made a statement but Lamb of God’s guitarist Willie Adler has said that “It’s been a rough couple of days. All I can say is that I can’t recall that particular show let alone a fan being beaten on the stage. I think I would’ve noticed something like that considering the Dime thing. We’re all still here in the Czech Republic awaiting what is to happen. We hope we’ll be able to get Randy out this afternoon. All our thoughts are with him as well as the family of the deceased fan. We’ve no real clue as to what happened to him, but we send our condolences. All we try to do is entertain; the fans are why we’re here. We would never try and harm anyone.”
The band’s management will be issuing an official statement on Monday regarding the charges and have already issued a brief note to “address today one false piece of information that has been included in many of the news stories released so far. Under no circumstances was there a fight of any kind involved. This incident deals with a fan that three times during the concert jumped the barricade and rushed Randy during the performance. It is alleged that the third time, security was not able to reach him and that Randy pushed him back into the audience where supposedly he fell and hit his head. Again, until the investigation is concluded this weekend, nothing more will be released, but clarity and the facts needed to be addressed on this one reported point which is totally inaccurate.”
Metalzone TV has posted this video footage which they claim shows the the incident: