Lamb Of God's Randy Blythe Detained In Prague For Manslaughter
By Jessica Grabert 2012-06-30 08:29:36
Way back in May of 2010, heavy metal band Lamb of God was touring in Prague when an unfortunate incident occurred. At one of the band’s gigs, an overeager fan continually kept rushing the stage. Each time, security removed him. On his third attempt, the man rushed band frontman Randy Blythe, who pushed him back into the crowd. This kind of shit happens all the time at concerts involving a lot of active moshing and other crowd movement, but unfortunately, the fan bumped his head and died at the event. Now, Blythe might have to pay for his mistake, and pay dearly.
Early reports indicated Blythe had been arrested and charged with the “4th degree” crime of “bodily harm,” but MTV is reporting the 41-year-old has not been officially charged yet. Instead, he is being detained in Prague for questioning. If eventually charged, the singer could be forced to spend up to 10 years in prison.
The band’s manager, Maria Ferrero, has been on the ball advocating for Blythe’s release. After rumors went around the Internet an altercation had occurred causing the fan’s death, Ferrero released a statement noting no fight occurred. According to her, the push off the stage had no malicious intent.
“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.
The investigation is expected to be concluded this weekend and a statement is expected to follow on Monday. Until then check out #FreeRandyBlythe over at Twitter.