Blythe to defend himself in Czech court
Accused: Randy Blythe
Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe has renewed his vow to answer charges a Czech court relating to the death of a fan in 2010.
The musician spent five weeks behind bars earlier this year after investigators in the former Soviet state arrested him in connection with Daniel Nosek’s passing four weeks after he’d attended a Lamb of God concert.
It’s suggested Blythe pushed him off stage after Nosek had climbed onto it three times, leading to a brain haemorrhage nearly a month later, although no evidence has been presented to support the charge.
There singer was released after US authorities offered almost no help during his ordeal – despite a White House petition breaking the 25,000-signature line, requiring an official response.
Now he’ll return to the Prague to face their legal system – unless the indictment leads to further delays.
Lamb of God manager Larry Mazer says: “After a three month investigation, the prosecutor has decided to move forward with an indictment of Randy.
“While it is a tragedy that a 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. We believe Randy responded professionally to the numerous amount of fans rushing the stage that day.
“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.
“All that the band, myself, and our lawyers can do is to present a defence, and try to convince the judges who will hear the case that Randy is innocent of all charges.”
After Blythe’s release the band auctioned some of their gear to fund his legal fees. The frontman recently explained how the day of the Prague concert had already been marred by the news that Slipknot bassist Paul Gray had died. He previously explained how he felt for Nosek’s family because he lost a daughter when she was very young.