Lamb of God singer maintains innocence after fan's death
Lamb of God singer Randy Blythe, who was recently arrested in Prague, is back in the US and while he thanks fans for their support, he maintains his innocence.
He has been accused of shoving a fan off the stage at a 2010 Prague concert.
The fan, identified only as Daniel N., reportedly suffered a brain haemorrhage and died two weeks later as a result of his injuries.
Blythe maintains his innocence and said he will return to the Czech Republic if he is summoned. "If it is deemed necessary for me to do so, I will return to Prague to stand trial," he said in a statement released Monday.
"While I maintain my innocence 100%, and will do so steadfastly, I will not hide in the United States, safe from extradition and possible prosecution," he said.
"The family of a fan of my band suffers through the indescribably tragic loss of their child. They have to deal with constantly varying media reports about the circumstances surrounding his death. I am charged with maliciously causing severe bodily harm to this young man, resulting in his death.”
While he considers the charge levelled against him “ludicrous and without qualification”, Blythe says his opinion makes no difference in this matter.
"The charge exists, and for the family of this young man, questions remain," he continued. "The worst possible pain remains. It is fairly common knowledge amongst fans of my band that I once lost a child as well. I, unfortunately, am intimately familiar with what their pain is like.
He said the family needs and deserves some real answers, not a media explosion followed by the accused killer of their son hiding like a coward thousands of miles away while they suffer.
“I will act with honour, and I will fight to clear my good name in this matter."
The singer stated that he was overwhelmed by the support he received from fans, family and his music industry peers.
He said in a statement: "I cannot express how emotional it made me upon my release to read about even a fraction of the voices that were raised on my behalf. From legends in my music community, to fans across the world, and even people who were previously unaware of my existence but sympathised with my plight — I am truly humbled."
The band has been lobbying for his release since his arrest, and
said in a statement: "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."
The Prague Post reported that a friend of the fan who allegedly
died of fatal injuries sustained at the concert claims that none of
the video footage that has been released of the show is of the
alleged incident, and that the band's lead singer was to blame.
"There are many videos which do not even show [Daniel N.]," the friend, who also attended the gig, said. "He got up on stage only once, at the end of the concert. Randy was brutal, and pushed Dan down where nobody could catch him. I don't think he meant to kill Dan. But I hope he will be punished."
The band said in the two years since the incident, they were
never notified of anything related to it.
Blythe, who reportedly began work on both a book and new music while incarcerated, asserts that he was treated fairly while in prison.
“I suffered no abuse, from either authorities or inmates, during my incarceration in Pankrác. I received no special treatment, and was in general population with everyone else- make no mistake, it was prison, not some celebrity rehab TV show. But I was treated fairly,” he said in the statement.
Watch the video from MetalTV, which shows the incident in question: