Lamb Of God singer on death charge
Lamb Of God singer Randy Blythe has been charged with manslaughter in the Czech Republic.
The metal singer, 41, is under arrest in connection with the death of a fan at a concert two years ago.
News service Novinky reports that police were waiting for the band when they arrived in the country for another show. He was questioned about an altercation in May 2010 when an audience member jumped on to the stage and ended up scuffling with Blythe. The fan later died of injuries sustained during that fight.
Lamb Of God’s current European tour is on hold while legal action gets under way.
Prague police say in a brief statement: “We have arrested the singer and charged him with the crime of bodily harm of 4th degree, resulting in the death of the fan.”
But a spokesman for Blythe’s management company says he’s been “wrongly accused, and we expect him to be fully exonerated.”
The singer’s brother says: “The charge is bogus and outrageous, and will be dropped immediately.”
Lamb Of God’s management will be issuing an official statement on Monday (July 2) regarding the charges made against Blythe. “The case is only in the investigation stages,” a management spokesman stressed.
However, prior to the official statement being released, the band’s management insisted:
“Under no circumstances was there a fight of any kind involved. This incident deals with a fan that three times during the concert jumped the barricade and rushed Randy during the performance.
“It is alleged that the third time, security was not able to reach him and that Randy pushed him back into the audience where supposedly he fell and hit his head.
“Again, until the investigation is concluded this weekend, nothing more will be released, but clarity and the facts need to be addressed on this one reported point which is totally inaccurate.”