Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe released from Czech Republic prison

Posted on November 13, 2013

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Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe released from Czech Republic prison

Randy Blythe of Lamb of God performs on stage during the Soundwave Festival at the RNA Showgrounds on February 21, 2009 in Brisbane, Australia. (Getty Images)

Randy Blythe of Lamb of God performs on stage during the Soundwave Festival at the RNA Showgrounds on February 21, 2009 in Brisbane, Australia. (Getty Images)

By Rachael Mattice rmattice@jconline.com

After spending more than a month in a Prague, Czech Republic prison for manslaughter charges, “Lamb of God” frontman Randy Blythe, of Richmond, Virginia was released yesterday afternoon.

On June 28, Blythe was arrested in Prague on the manslaughter charges resulting from a 2010 altercation with a fan that interfered with the band’s performance and jumped on stage. According to Novinky reports (a Czech news outlet), “Spin,” “Blabbermouth” and “MetalSucks,” the unnamed fan forced his way on stage at a May 24, 2010 concert and provoked a fight with Blythe.

Accusations by “those who know the band” said the Czech fan might have been hit in the head with Blythe’s microphone before being forcibly removed from the stage by security. After the incident at the venue called Abaton, the fan later died from the sustained injuries during the brawl, “Spin” magazine said.

“Randy Blythe was falsely accused,” reads a statement from Lamb of God’s reps. “There is a team of lawyers working on it and he will be exonerated.” Blythe’s brother Mark has also said that the charge is “bogus and outrageous and will be dropped immediately.” The band was forced to cancel it’s show at Prague’s Rock Café that night and tweeted “#FreeRandyBlythe,” taken from “Spin.”

As of July 26, Blythe was still in prison and Lamb of God made a statement on their Facebook page that they would be canceling the upcoming tour with Gojira and Dethklok due to the situation. The news spread internationally and led to the making of posters, song dedications (Slayer dedicated “Mandatory Suicide” at Mayhem Festival 2012 at Klipsch Music Center in Noblesville, Ind. on July 15) and other memorabilia in efforts to show support in the metal community for the injustice believed to have been given to Blythe.

In recent activity, according to MetalTalk.Net, the court doubled Blythe’s bail last month from $200,000 to $400,000 U.S. dollars and the prosecutor filed a complaint against the vocalist’s release which was delayed until now.

The Municipal Court’s ruling against the prosecutor of Prague 8 District Court was made yesterday afternoon behind closed doors. A spokesperson for the prison, Gabriela Pohlova was the individual that confirmed Blythe was released yesterday afternoon, said MetalTalk.Net.

The Prague Municipal Court said, “The decision was reached yesterday at the end of a closed session. The only condition of release was approximately 8 million Czech Koruna, which has already been paid.”

Given the notoriety of the musician across the world, Blythe’s attorney Martin Radvan said that he still wants to continue performing with Lamb of God, but will have to return to the Czech Repulic to face a trial.

“As a world-renowned artist, in a specific genre of music, of course, he cannot afford to simply disappear … If he wants to continue performing, he will have to return for the trial, which he wants to do, and believes he is not guilty of anything he has been charged with,” said Radvan.

Mattice is a producer and music journalist for the Journal & Courier. She can be reached at rmattice@jconline.com or on Twitter @RachaelM_JC.

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