Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe is still in custody after being arrested on suspicion of manslaughter by Czech police at the Prague airport this past June 27th. Allegedly during a May 24th, 2010 Lamb Of God concert, Blythe pushed a 19-year-old fan, who had climbed onstage multiple times and had already been pushed offstage by a security guard, back into the audience. That fan later lapsed into a coma and died of a bleeding in the brain fourteen days later.
Blythe posted 4 million Czech Koruna bail (approximately $200,000) last week at a hearing in a Prague Court. It was initially reported that Blythe would be freed Monday, July 2nd, but now it seems possible that Blythe could be in custody for up to another twenty days.
Blythe’s Lamb Of God bandmates issued this statement:
“First of all, thanks to everyone who has reached out in support of Randy and each of us in this terrible situation. It’s noted and very much appreciated. We have been keeping our heads down and not speaking out due to the fluid nature of the situation and the constantly changing information that even we receive daily. Within an hour things can do endless 180’s. It’s maddening to try and make heads or tails.
We’re taking the time to speak to you as it has been a significant period of time since this situation began and while nothing is immediately clear to any of us, we are not trying to keep anyone in the dark. We have reached out and are making use of the resources we have acquired to help our brother who is still detained in Czech jail.
In the two years since, we were never notified of anything related to this incident.
Randy is our brother and we assure you, we are all staying very positive for him, working endlessly behind the scenes to provide any and all assistance possible. The best we can do is to stay positive and continue to support our friend that we know is innocent.
We know that justice will prevail and we will continue to do our part to support our friend.”
This from Greg Prago at rollingstone.com yesterday:
The days when audience members could go on stage at metal shows could very well be over. The latest controversy occurred last week, when Lamb Of God singer Randy Blythe was arrested in the Czech Republic on suspicion of manslaughter. The charge stems from an incident at a Lamb of God performance on May 24th, 2010 in Prague, when a fan who repeatedly came on stage was pushed, and eventually died.
With Lamb Of God touring in support of their latest album, Resolution, the band was set to play the Czech Republic on June 28th. They arrived the day before, at which time Blythe was arrested. Since then, it has become a legal snafu. As the band’s manager, Larry Mazer, told Rolling Stone on Tuesday, “We were told on Saturday that he had been approved by the judge for bail – $200,000 – and if we paid it, he would be released probably this morning. We all went to bed thinking that he would be out. I had flights booked for him to come back. And then at 4 o’clock this morning – because they’re six hours ahead – I received a call from the lawyer in the Czech Republic telling us that the prosecution was challenging the bail, and because of that, he wouldn’t be released today.”
Mazer has spoken to Blythe’s bandmates, and no one recalls the incident in question. “However, there are YouTube videos, which 100 percent show Randy’s innocence. As a matter of fact, all of those videos have now been sent to our lawyer, and he’s presenting it to the judge tomorrow morning [July 4th]. This case is so full of holes. Nobody reported an injury of any kind at the concert, or after the concert. It was at least an hour to two hours later, supposedly, when this kid went to a hospital.
“So that’s number one – why did nothing occur during the show? Number two, he had supposedly been in a coma for 30 days, but it wasn’t [until] a couple of months later that they contacted the promoter to ask his understanding of the events. He said the same thing – that the show went on fine, no nothing, no incidents. They told him that a person had been injured, which led to a death, which he had no knowledge of whatsoever. And then it went away. Two years go by, and Randy gets arrested.”
Read the rest of the post here: www.rollingstone.com