Lamb Of God - Randy Blythe Arrested, Prosecutor's Complaint Against Release Dismissed (Update)


UPDATE on 17.07.2012: [Thanks to Ace Frawley] According to Czech news site iDNES.cz, a Prague Municipal Court has now dismissed the prosecutor's complaint to deny Blythe bail with the intent of blocking his release. However, the cost of Blythe's bail has been doubled, from $200,000 to $400,000. Moreover, the prosecutor can file another complaint against the latest decision, which would further delay Blythe's release even if he does pay the $400,000. So, there is no telling when this will stop.

Randy Blythe's next Czech court appearance is scheduled for Thursday, July 19th. Blesk.cz has also released an interview reportedly with Randy Blythe conducted via his attorney about his arrest last month and you can read the translation over here.



UPDATE on 06.07.2012: Lamb Of God singer Randy Blythe is still in prison even though his bail has been posted. The band's manager Larry Mazer revealed in an interview with Blesk.cz that it may take up to 20 days for Randy to be released because "the investigator may require more time to investigate the case." Meanwhile, the band has set up a page where fans can donate to Randy's legal fund.

Lamb Of God posted the following message: "As many of you know, Randy is being held in Czech jail for a crime we believe he did not commit. We are still learning about the legal system there and the situation is fluid. We have retained local legal counsel, have support from the US Embassy and we are flying over additional lawyers to try and assure that Randy has the best representation possible. As many of you have pointed out, the simple fact is that the legal fees are adding up very quickly."

"While we appreciate the outpouring of support, we are not interested in trying to profit or gather press or sympathy from this event. We have assembled this page to make it possible for people that feel so inclined to donate to the expenses incurred in defending this case. One hundred percent of the money raised will go to the legal fees and any remaining balance will be given to a charity of Randy's choice upon his release."



UPDATE on 02.07.2012: According to the Czech Republic's Novinky.cz, Lamb Of God singer Randy Blythe remained in custody Monday in Prague, as his bail money had not arrived in the court account, informed the judge of the District Court for Prague 8 Peter Fassati. Management is trying to transfer funds as soon as possible, although Blesk.cz is reporting that Blythe may remain in Pankrác prison at least ten more days.



UPDATE on 01.07.2012 [Thanks to Cynic Metalhead]: Czech website Blesk.cz and TV Nova report that Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe was reportedly released on 4 million Czech Koruna bail (approximately $200,000) from a Czech jail, where he had been held since Wednesday (June 27) on suspicion of manslaughter. Reports state that Blythe has been released on the condition that his bail be secured as soon as bank access allows, presumably on Monday (July 2nd).

Randy Blythe appeared before court yesterday at 10:00 a.m due to his alleged involvement in the death of a 19-year-old fan at a 2010 show in Prague. Randy was also considered a flight risk by the judge and will reportedly have to remain in the country at least for the next two days but the manslaughter charges haven't been dropped, and the investigation is still ongoing.

The following message was posted on the band's twitter: "RANDY IS FUCKIN' FREE!"

The band's guitarist Mark Morton tweeted: "finally HOME! 4/5 of us anyway. I can't wait to give Randy a big bear hug & kiss his pointy, stubbly face! Thanx for all the support yall!"

An official statement is expected to be released tomorrow with details about the proceedings.



UPDATE: Adrenaline PR, the PR firm that works with Lamb Of God, has released the following full statement regarding the reports of Randy's arrest: "Lamb Of God Management will be issuing an official statement on Monday regarding the charges made against singer Randy Blythe. As no formal charges have yet been made and the case is only in the investigation stages, it would be premature to make an official statement filled with false truths or innuendos."

"Having said that, management wished to address today one false piece of information that has been included in many of the news stories released so far. 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 needed to be addressed on this one reported point which is totally inaccurate."



Original news, published on 29.06.2012

According to Czech news site Novinky.cz, Lamb Of God vocalist Randy Blythe has been arrested in Prague yesterday on charges of manslaughter, and the band has cancelled their performance with All Shall Perish and Skeletonwitch at the Rock Café in Czech Republic.

Blythe's arrest apparently is from a concert that took place on May 24, 2010. Allegedly, a fan jumped on stage during the show, resulting in a physical altercation with the frontman. The fan eventually succumbed to his injuries and died, leading to the charges Blythe now faces.

A spokesperson for Lamb Of God says that Blythe is "wrongly accused", that the band's "lawyers are dealing with it", and that "we expect him to be fully exonerated."

Also, in the early hours of this morning the band tweeted "#FreeRandyBlythe".

Source: metalsucks.net
Band profile: Lamb Of God
 
Posted: 17.07.2012 by carpe diem


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29.06.2012 - 13:37
Umideath
WTF!
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29.06.2012 - 13:43
Ace Frawley
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That's some pretty serious, heavy news. One would think the band knew about the likelihood of arrest before entering the country, considering the incident occurred over two years ago? I also presume there must be a lot of witnesses to the event, as it happened at a live show, so surely this can be sorted out.
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29.06.2012 - 13:48
afu
Note to self, don't beat someone to death in front of witnesses.
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29.06.2012 - 13:56
Introspekrieg
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Troy better watch his back after that last review.
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29.06.2012 - 14:42
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Slain by the Lamb of God
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29.06.2012 - 14:49
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Praha is in Cz, Cz is in Europe
It could heppen in istambul , Kandahar, Moscow, Jalalabad or whatever alse, he is lucky
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29.06.2012 - 15:06
deadbraincells
Huh, I met him & the band once a few years back at a pre-show dinner with the show promoters. He seemed like a nice enough guy, but he also didn't seem like he was tough enough to beat someone to death.
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29.06.2012 - 15:12
Troy Killjoy
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Written by Introspekrieg on 29.06.2012 at 13:56
Troy better watch his back after that last review.

Deleting and rewriting, 10/10.
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29.06.2012 - 15:12
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Written by Introspekrieg on 29.06.2012 at 13:56

Troy better watch his back after that last review.

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29.06.2012 - 15:17
Promonex
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Jumping on stage in the middle of the set certainly isn't the best idea to have since Dimebag.
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29.06.2012 - 15:31
Baz Anderson
Wow, that's serious... The guy shouldn't have jumped on the stage - but he should have been dealt with by security, not Randy! Ever since I saw that video of Marduk's singer throwing a random guy over the speaker, I wondered when something like this would happen... Regardless of the failure of the security, if Randy killed the guy he has committed a crime.
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29.06.2012 - 15:32
Fredd
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Don't drop the soap.
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29.06.2012 - 15:34
SSM
Massacred
Lawyers are "always" dealing with it, even if he just killed and ate the victim on the stage.
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29.06.2012 - 15:40
Valentin B
Iconoclast
I'd say this is in the hands of people with much more information than i do. He does seem like an ass though, who the hell beats a 14 year old kid to within an inch of his life anyway? imo he should have gone to jail just for that already.
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29.06.2012 - 15:44
Troy Killjoy
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Written by Valentin B on 29.06.2012 at 15:40
...who the hell beats a 14 year old kid to within an inch of his life anyway? imo he should have gone to jail just for that already.

Based on the video of him and Morton fighting each other, I'd say Blythe was probably just excited he could actually hurt someone with his punches and got too excited.
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29.06.2012 - 15:50
Marcel Hubregtse
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Who says he beat the kid into a pulp? It doesn't say that anywhere.

It wouldn't surprise me if he shoved the kid off the stage and the kid fell on his head or something like that.
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29.06.2012 - 15:51
Marcel Hubregtse
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Had he beaten the kid up on stage we would already have heard it about it when it happened two years ago.
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29.06.2012 - 16:01
Valentin B
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Apparently the blog http://sicmaggot.blog.cz/ posted in the aftermath of the show exactly what had happened at the concert. found the following entry for May 2010, a report of the concert of Lamb of God in Prague:

Velké mínus bylo to, že pořadatelům dlouho trvalo připravit pódium. Záčatek na stránkach byl psaný na 19:30, na lístku 19:00 a aby se udělal kompromis, začalo se v 20:00. I po předkapele to trvalo docela dlouho, než se na plac dostali Lamb of God. Když už začnou hrát první tóny "The Passing", je jasné, že to vypukne. Začátek byl ve znamení desky "Wrath", po "The Passing" následoval "In Your Words" a velká hitovka "Set to Fail", která se dočkala i několik nominací na různé ceny. Show splňovala to, co se od ní dá očekávat. Kapela se s ničím nezpomaluje a prostě odehraje své songy. Randy se choval přesně tak, jak jsem to od něj očekával. Zmrd, který na každého sere. Potvrdil to tím, že několikrát pěkně zatopil pár fandům. Velice mu vadilo, když se někdo rozhodl navštívit pódium. Třeba ten první to schytal od Randyho docela dost, skočil po něm a držel ho na zemi, přitom dál pokračoval ve zpěvu. Když vstával, ještě ho na památku trochu podusil. Když fanda vstal, Randy ho vzal za vlasy a hodil poměrně rychle dolů. Jediný dík, že ten pán byl tak vychlastanej, že nic necítil. Druhý ale skončil o poznání hůř, trochu déle zápasil s tím, aby získal svůj dech zpět. To ale stačí k Randymu, sice se choval poměrně namyšleně, důležitý byl ale výkon. Jejich show mi přišla celá taková "ať už to odehrajem a můžem pryč" nebyl tam žádný výraznější kontakt s publikem. Cíleně jsem chtěl hlavně vidět živé podání pecky "Ruin", která je dle mého, ještě společně s "Redneck", nejlepším výtvorem této party. Musím říct, že tento song na živo je opravdová delikatesa. Do přídavku je vybrána opět prastará věc "Vigil", po ní již zmiňovaná "Redneck" a jako poslední "Black Label"

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Big minus was that the organizers took a long time to prepare the stage. Beginning on the pages were written at 19:30, 19:00 and the ticket to make a compromise, began at 20:00. Even after the warm up, it took quite a long time before the set got Lamb of God. Once you start playing the first notes of "The Passing", it is clear that it breaks out. The beginning was marked by album "Wrath", after "The Passing" followed by "In Your Words" and a big hit song "Set to Fail", which has received several nominations for various awards. Show meet what is expected from her. The band does not slow down for anything and just played their songs. Randy behaved exactly as I expected from him. Fucker, who pisses everyone. This was confirmed by several pretty fired a few fans. Very bothered him when someone decided to visit the stage. Maybe the first one that got hit quite a lot from Randy, jumped after him and held him down while he continued singing. When standing up, in memory of him still a little podusil. When the fan got up Randy took him by the hair and threw down quite quickly. Only thanks to the gentleman was so "vychlastanej" that felt nothing. The second but ended up a shade worse, a little longer wrestled with it to get your breath back. That's enough to Randy, does behave quite pretentious, but the performance was important. They came to show me all such "whether it away and can odehrajem" there was no significant contact with the audience. I purposely wanted to see live mainly use stones "Ruin", which is in my, even with "Redneck", the best creation of this party. I must say that this song live is a real delicacy. The addition is selected again an ancient thing "Vigil", after the already mentioned "Redneck" and finally "Black Label"
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29.06.2012 - 16:01
Troy Killjoy
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Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 29.06.2012 at 15:50
It wouldn't surprise me if he shoved the kid off the stage and the kid fell on his head or something like that.

I'm assuming this is what happened. Manslaughter implies an indirect form of "murder", so something like that seems very likely as opposed to Randy just going apeshit on the kid and beating him to death.

We would have heard about that just as much as we would have heard about him performing acts of cannibalism on stage.
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29.06.2012 - 16:03
Troy Killjoy
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Written by Valentin B on 29.06.2012 at 16:01
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Overlooking the biased "reporting" there, I'd say based on their version of the facts, Randy sounds like he did what his security guys should have been doing.

Nobody wants a repeat of the Dimebag situation. You never know what fans are capable of when getting on stage.
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29.06.2012 - 16:08
Marcel Hubregtse
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What I find strange is that he is charged with manslaughter two years later. Nowhere can I find when the kid died. I am suspecting the relatives all of a sudden see money in it all.
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29.06.2012 - 16:09
Marcel Hubregtse
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Written by Troy Killjoy on 29.06.2012 at 16:03

Written by Valentin B on 29.06.2012 at 16:01
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Overlooking the biased "reporting" there, I'd say based on their version of the facts, Randy sounds like he did what his security guys should have been doing.

Nobody wants a repeat of the Dimebag situation. You never know what fans are capable of when getting on stage.


exactly. By the accounts given in the 'blog" Randy actually comes off less violent than your average security guard.
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29.06.2012 - 16:21
Valentin B
Iconoclast
I still think it's wrong for a grown man to beat up a kid, and Dimebag's case is not in any way relevant here, Damageplan was just 2 minutes into their first song when the guy (an ex marine with a gun, something this kid definitely was not) straight up started shooting.

I'ma let the Czechs decide on this one.. never cared for Lamb of God anyway.
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29.06.2012 - 16:23
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by Valentin B on 29.06.2012 at 16:21

I still think it's wrong for a grown man to beat up a kid,


he did not beat the kid up. He struggled him down to the floor and shoved him off the stage, that is not beating someone up.
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29.06.2012 - 16:25
Troy Killjoy
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Written by Valentin B on 29.06.2012 at 16:21
I still think it's wrong for a grown man to beat up a kid, and Dimebag's case is not in any way relevant here.

Sure it may be wrong, but the point is a fan jumped on stage when he wasn't supposed to. LoG had a job - to perform for the fans. If this kid is a distraction or interrupts them, it could ruin the show. Obviously the hot-headed Randy took matters into his own hands, and it's probably not the wisest thing he's done (definitely not the dumbest, either). But the reason I brought up Dimebag was because this fan could have been like the lunatic who decided to pull a gun on him. Who knows if this kid gets on stage and flips a knife on them for whatever reason. Maybe he slipped something by security and Randy was acting on instinct.

Combined with the fact that this is only being brought up two years after the event... I have a hard time believing this is a legitimate issue that LoG need to worry about.
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29.06.2012 - 16:33
Baz Anderson
Manslaughter implies that he didn't have the intention to kill the guy. The question is this; will Randy's actions be deemed reckless/negligent enough to warrant the manslaughter charge? These are the details we don't have...
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29.06.2012 - 17:23
Thrashette
There's a lot of details missing here... The most popular stories I'm hearing are that he got into a fight with a fan who later died of injuries, or that he just shoved an interrupting kid off-stage (because security wasn't doing their job) and the kid happened to die of injury later on? Very few people seem to think he actually beat someone to death or intended for it to get this serious. Never cared much for Lamb of God, but most people are telling me that Randy Blythe is only a violent individual while drunk, and I hope this doesn't fuck things up with the rest of their tour...
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29.06.2012 - 17:27
Cynic Metalhead
Atrocious Virgin
According to Czech local music website, it says

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"We have arrested singer year 1971, which was accused of a crime of bodily harm in the 4th paragraph, thus resulting in death, "said Prague police spokeswoman news Kropáčová Eve with the fact that the police will be more things to say.


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Two years ago, 24 May 2010, is held the first Lamb Of God concert in Prague club Abaton, where, according to information News tragic incident happened.


Now, main management staff of the Czech music website have to say this :

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"Lamb of God, who got together in 1994, are from the album Ashes Of The Wake of the 2004 adored as representatives of a new wave of American heavy metal. If the early material was carried to the extreme and in the spirit of grindcore, hardcore and deathmetal, and later, a group drawn from the legacy of Pantera and other metal bands from the American South.


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For a group is typical of strongly anti-religious focus, originally named Burn the Priest. The texts deal with bad human characteristics, especially hypocrisy, but also violence, a song called Omerta (mafia confidentiality law, the violation is punishable by death). The band, however, also criticized the war in Iraq."


It's a serious shit. Must have happened havoc.
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29.06.2012 - 17:44
bassguitarmad
Blythe's performing, high adrenaline show, he probably wanted to get the kid off the stage, I blame the security, Randy apparently held the kid down on the ground and then pushed him off the stage. Lamb Of God's music dvd's show that Randy has a temper off stage, but I don't believe the kid was beaten by Randy, I honestly don't. Randy is a professional. I think this could go two ways, either Blythe could be convicted of negligence or he'll get the full sentence, either way, I also think the band may split with the pressure of the media.
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29.06.2012 - 17:51
Timmeh
Dudeman
Wow. Who says this kid was 14 also? (I can't find that anywhere). Gah, need more info!
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