Virginia-based rock/metal group, Lamb of God, got some disappointing and shocking news earlier this week. Long time front man, Randy Blythe, was officially indicted by the Czech Republic on manslaughter charges following the 2010 incident that occurred while on tour. For those who don’t remember or did not hear of the incident, a fan was killed after he rushed the security barricade and ended up on stage with the band before being allegedly thrown back into the crowd where he suffered injuries that resulted in his death weeks later. Blythe spent 5 weeks in a Czech prison back in June of this year and was released on $200,000 bail; Blythe’s detainment forced the band to cancel a show in Prague and disappoint many fans.
Larry Mazer, the band’s manager, responded earlier this week to the news with the following statement:
“After a three month investigation, the prosecutor in the Czech Republic has decided to move forward with an indictment of Randy Blythe on the charge of manslaughter with intent to cause bodily harm. Obviously, we intend to fight vigorously against these charges as we feel that in no way did Randy intend to cause bodily harm on the young fan who subsequently died from injuries sustained at the show. As he has stated previously, Randy intends to go to Prague to defend himself at trial.
While it is a tragedy that a Lamb of God fan died following a performance by the group, in no way do I feel that Randy did anything improper that led to the young man’s injuries and subsequent death. The price of a ticket to a show does not entitle audience members access to a band’s stage. In the years since the murder on stage of Dimebag Darrell Abbott, performers of all genres have had to become more guarded while performing in response to the dangers presented by fans trying to become part of the performance. We believe that Randy responded professionally to the numerous amount of fans rushing the stage that day, a number of them captured on videos that have been posted on the internet. We have testimony from the venue operator that acknowledges lax security and an improper barricade being used that evening. Numerous testimonies from fans also were contradictory as to the actions of the multiple fans that tried to access the stage.
At this point, all that the band, myself, and our lawyers can do is to present a defense and try to convince the panel of judges who will hear the case that Randy is innocent of all charges and that his name and reputation need to be cleared and that he be permitted to carry on with his life and career always mindful that a fan passed away after a Lamb of God performance.
Update: Randy Blythe has been acquitted by a Czech court of causing the death of a fan at a concert in Prague in 2010.
“I have been found not guilty,” the 42-year-old singer revealed on an Instagram, adding “I am a free man”.
Mr Blythe was accused of manslaughter after he pushed Daniel Nosek, 19, off the stage. Mr Nosek injured his head when he fell and died weeks later.
The presiding judge ruled his actions had not constituted a crime.
However, prosecutors have lodged an appeal.
They are seeking a prison sentence of five years for the singer, who was arrested at Prague airport in June as the band returned for another gig.
Mr Blythe, who was subsequently bailed, said he had only learned about the fan’s death, and the resulting prosecution, when he was arrested.
In his latest posting, Blythe asked fans to “please remember the family of Daniel Nosek in your thoughts and prayers in this difficult time”.