Manager: Randy Blythe will return to Prague to fight manslaughter charge
A court in the Czech Republic has charged Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe in the death of a fan following a 2010 concert in Prague. The metal band's manager said in a statement that Blythe is innocent and intends to travel to the Czech capital and defend himself at trial.
The 41-year-old Blythe is accused of pushing a fan from the stage during a 2010 concert. The man hit his head on the concrete floor and died from his injuries two weeks later. The Prague court charged him with manslaughter, or causing bodily harm to another person with lethal consequences.
"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," manager Larry Mazer said. "The price of a ticket to a show does not entitle audience members access to a band's stage."
Blythe was unaware of a warrant out for his arrest when he was detained on June 27 while in Prague for a concert date. He spent spent five weeks in custody before being released on bail in August and has been in the U.S. since then.
The court has three months to set a trial date. Blythe could face 5-10 years in prison if convicted.
In his statement, published in full by metal news site Blabbermouth, Mazer cites the killing of former Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell during a concert in 2004 as causing a change in how performers react to aggressive fans in live settings.
"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," he said. "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."
Lamb of God is currently on tour in support of their sixth studio album, "Resolution," which debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 in January.