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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02.07.2012 - 06:25
Boxcar Willy
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Written by Guest on 02.07.2012 at 06:23

Written by Boxcar Willy on 02.07.2012 at 05:41

Hey, I think JFK was killed by the government.



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02.07.2012 - 06:55
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02.07.2012 - 07:02
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Dunno if this has been posted yet but here's the supposed, alleged video of the event. If this is the incident in question then the primary responsibility appears to lie on the shoulders of the security guard (unless Randy was on PCP and can throw a guy off a stage with his weak hand):

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02.07.2012 - 10:21
Abattoir
The video clearly displays, that Randy barely pushes the man with his left hand, while the security guard or whoever that was did the main part of the "job" there.
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02.07.2012 - 14:02
Marcel Hubregtse
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Written by Guest on 02.07.2012 at 07:02

Dunno if this has been posted yet but here's the supposed, alleged video of the event. If this is the incident in question then the primary responsibility appears to lie on the shoulders of the security guard (unless Randy was on PCP and can throw a guy off a stage with his weak hand):





MMmm, and even the security guard doesn't do anything out of the ordinary and is very mild tbh. This is the sort of throw you get here when the guards help you stage dive and those pushes are usually way more sever than this one.
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02.07.2012 - 19:08
yellowfellow
Man that's rough. Anytime someone who isn't meant to be on stage gets on there, they're asking to get hurt. If this guy really did attempt 3 times knowing he wasn't meant to be, he had it coming. I wonder how the whole thing played out though. I've seen Randy manhandle people before, but it was never with malicious intent. I think it's a failure on the security's part.
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02.07.2012 - 21:55
BitterCOld
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Sporting an Obituary shirt for a court appearance over a manslaughter charge is not a good coincidence.
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02.07.2012 - 23:01
gid
Sorry, am I missing something here?

Whether security were doing their job properly or not is irrelevant. A kid died from injuries he got while being thrown off the stage. Sure, the guy was a dick for rushing up onto the stage three times. Sure, he shouldn't have been there. But whichever way you cut it, someone threw him off that stage and that ended up costing the kid his life. It's pretty harsh to say the kid had it coming to him. If people deserved to die for being a tool there'd be none of us left.

So yeah, the police are looking into whether Randy played a part in it. If he did, then he should bear that responsibility.
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03.07.2012 - 02:13
Svneatr
Vitharr
It's kind of like if there's somebody on your property, you're allowed to throw them off. Or if someone hops your fence when there is a "beware of dog" sign, and gets mauled by dogs. There has to be a certain personal responsibilty with your own health. Not only that but it's not like he was just up there to headbang a bit, then stagedive. Look at the video, he was behind the drumkit. Who knows what he was doing. I'd rather security didn't take that risk. It's not like it would be hard to bring in a weapon into a venue, it's happened before.

Security's job is to keep the band members, crew members, and yes, the fans, safe. It's their responsibility to keep fans off the stage and get them off the stage. Not only for the bands safety, but for the fans as well. In this instance, the safest thing for the band and crew was to get the fan off the stage. Do you think they should've just let him carry on? What if he stumbled into Mark and bumped him offstage? What if he had a weapon? Why not let every fan go up there and hang around? I think anyone who's gone to a few concerts has seen some instance of a fan being tossed off the stage, or forcefully stopped from going onto the stage.
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03.07.2012 - 02:51
carpe diem
If you want to see what hppened that night, heres a link. The second video is the one that shows when Randy pushed the fan away. http://wtvr.com/2012/07/02/lamb-of-god-singer-randy-blythe-in-jail-for-10-more-days/
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03.07.2012 - 03:17
Boxcar Willy
yr a kook
Written by gid on 02.07.2012 at 23:01

Sorry, am I missing something here?

Whether security were doing their job properly or not is irrelevant. A kid died from injuries he got while being thrown off the stage. Sure, the guy was a dick for rushing up onto the stage three times. Sure, he shouldn't have been there. But whichever way you cut it, someone threw him off that stage and that ended up costing the kid his life. It's pretty harsh to say the kid had it coming to him. If people deserved to die for being a tool there'd be none of us left.

So yeah, the police are looking into whether Randy played a part in it. If he did, then he should bear that responsibility.

Well, Have you heard what Happened to Dimebag? i know everyone is bringing it up, but it has happened, So you can't really say the kid didn't have it coming (being thrown offstage)and if you watch the video, randy hardly touches the kid, it was all the security guard.
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03.07.2012 - 03:43
yellowfellow
Written by gid on 02.07.2012 at 23:01

It's pretty harsh to say the kid had it coming to him.

Well, I don't mean he had death coming to him, that's just ludicrous! Nobody deserves that for jumping on stage to have a good time! It's tragic what happened to him, but there are risks when you choose to go someplace you aren't meant to be, especially if you had been warned 3 times. If he hadn't been pushed off, who knows if security or crew might've gotten violent with him, or if he accidentally knocks something over on himself or the band, etc. He had some form of harm coming to him, and unfortunately for him, that's exactly what he got. It's such a shame really.
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03.07.2012 - 06:35
Void Eater
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For the record, that video that Joe posted isn't of the actual incident being talked about. It was a fan throwing at the same show, but not the one that resulted in a death. It's just being shown to show the behavior of Randy and the security at the show.
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03.07.2012 - 06:35
Boxcar Willy
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Written by Guest on 03.07.2012 at 06:35

For the record, that video that Joe posted isn't of the actual incident being talked about. It was a fan throwing at the same show, but not the one that resulted in a death. It's just being shown to show the behavior of Randy and the security at the show.

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03.07.2012 - 10:40
gid
Written by Boxcar Willy on 03.07.2012 at 03:17

Well, Have you heard what Happened to Dimebag? i know everyone is bringing it up, but it has happened, So you can't really say the kid didn't have it coming (being thrown offstage)and if you watch the video, randy hardly touches the kid, it was all the security guard.


You know how many times fans have rushed up on stage without the intention of shooting a band member? A million times more than the times someone's gone up and shot someone. That's like saying it's okay for me to maul people in the street, just in case they're a gunman.

Written by Svneatr on 03.07.2012 at 02:13

It's kind of like if there's somebody on your property, you're allowed to throw them off. Or if someone hops your fence when there is a "beware of dog" sign, and gets mauled by dogs. There has to be a certain personal responsibilty with your own health. Not only that but it's not like he was just up there to headbang a bit, then stagedive. Look at the video, he was behind the drumkit. Who knows what he was doing. I'd rather security didn't take that risk. It's not like it would be hard to bring in a weapon into a venue, it's happened before.

Security's job is to keep the band members, crew members, and yes, the fans, safe. It's their responsibility to keep fans off the stage and get them off the stage. Not only for the bands safety, but for the fans as well. In this instance, the safest thing for the band and crew was to get the fan off the stage. Do you think they should've just let him carry on? What if he stumbled into Mark and bumped him offstage? What if he had a weapon? Why not let every fan go up there and hang around? I think anyone who's gone to a few concerts has seen some instance of a fan being tossed off the stage, or forcefully stopped from going onto the stage.


Absolutely I agree that security weren't doing their job. Absolutely you have the right to defend yourself. But you also need to bear the responsibility for your actions. If you beat someone up for being on your property, and they end up dying, the fact that they were on your property doesn't absolve you of responsibility. Sure a jury might decide in your favour in the end, but you still need to go through that legal process first.

Let's remember: the slowed down video that was shown isn't of the incident, it's just an example of how people were getting thrown off stage at that concert. If the eye witness accounts are to be believed, Randy tackled the kid down, held him to the floor, beat him up a bit, and then threw him off the stage. If that's true, then I don't care how frustrated or threatened Randy felt. What he did to the kid caused the kid's death. That's called manslaughter.
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03.07.2012 - 16:31
Troy Killjoy
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Written by gid on 03.07.2012 at 10:40
If you beat someone up for being on your property, and they end up dying, the fact that they were on your property doesn't absolve you of responsibility.

There are actually quite a few provinces and states that would disagree with you here.
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03.07.2012 - 16:43
gid
Written by Troy Killjoy on 03.07.2012 at 16:31

Written by gid on 03.07.2012 at 10:40
If you beat someone up for being on your property, and they end up dying, the fact that they were on your property doesn't absolve you of responsibility.

There are actually quite a few provinces and states that would disagree with you here.


There probably are. However, the law that matters here is the law in the Czech Republic, where this incident took place.
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03.07.2012 - 22:26
Svneatr
Vitharr
Written by gid on 03.07.2012 at 10:40

Written by Boxcar Willy on 03.07.2012 at 03:17

Well, Have you heard what Happened to Dimebag? i know everyone is bringing it up, but it has happened, So you can't really say the kid didn't have it coming (being thrown offstage)and if you watch the video, randy hardly touches the kid, it was all the security guard.


You know how many times fans have rushed up on stage without the intention of shooting a band member? A million times more than the times someone's gone up and shot someone. That's like saying it's okay for me to maul people in the street, just in case they're a gunman.




You know how many times people have flown on a plane without the intention of hijacking it and flying it into a very tall and significant building (or buildings) and still I can't take my toothpaste in a carryon. Shit changes after shit happens. It only takes one nutjob to mess it up for everybody


Let's remember: the slowed down video that was shown isn't of the incident, it's just an example of how people were getting thrown off stage at that concert. If the eye witness accounts are to be believed, Randy tackled the kid down, held him to the floor, beat him up a bit, and then threw him off the stage. If that's true, then I don't care how frustrated or threatened Randy felt. What he did to the kid caused the kid's death. That's called manslaughter.


That video is one of the three times that fan went onto the stage (you can see the other times on metalinjection) and he never kicked or punched anybody. These false testimonies happen all the time. It's the same with every rumour. IF it was found true, I would be inclined to agree with you.
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04.07.2012 - 00:50
gid
Written by Svneatr on 03.07.2012 at 22:26

That video is one of the three times that fan went onto the stage (you can see the other times on metalinjection) and he never kicked or punched anybody. These false testimonies happen all the time. It's the same with every rumour. IF it was found true, I would be inclined to agree with you.


So let's wait to find out if it's true. I'm just going off what I've read on the matter, and I object to this attitude that the kid had it coming to him just because he was on stage.
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04.07.2012 - 00:55
Troy Killjoy
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Written by gid on 04.07.2012 at 00:50
I'm just going off what I've read on the matter, and I object to this attitude that the kid had it coming to him just because he was on stage.

All he had coming to him was being pushed off the stage, which is what happened. His death was purely accidental - and admittedly not deserved, even though I'm on Randy's side in all this.
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04.07.2012 - 08:41
Svneatr
Vitharr
Written by gid on 04.07.2012 at 00:50

Written by Svneatr on 03.07.2012 at 22:26

That video is one of the three times that fan went onto the stage (you can see the other times on metalinjection) and he never kicked or punched anybody. These false testimonies happen all the time. It's the same with every rumour. IF it was found true, I would be inclined to agree with you.


So let's wait to find out if it's true. I'm just going off what I've read on the matter, and I object to this attitude that the kid had it coming to him just because he was on stage.


I don't think anybody holds any ill will to this kid. It's a tragedy. But it's hard to find fault in Randy.
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04.07.2012 - 10:13
gid
Written by Svneatr on 04.07.2012 at 08:41

I don't think anybody holds any ill will to this kid. It's a tragedy. But it's hard to find fault in Randy.


Not for me. If it turns out Randy was the one who threw him off stage, then Randy caused that kid's death. It's that simple.

Whatever right someone has to defend themselves, it doesn't mean they suddenly have no responsibility for their actions. This was a preventable death, whichever way you cut it.
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04.07.2012 - 12:41
Svneatr
Vitharr
Written by gid on 04.07.2012 at 10:13

Written by Svneatr on 04.07.2012 at 08:41

I don't think anybody holds any ill will to this kid. It's a tragedy. But it's hard to find fault in Randy.


Not for me. If it turns out Randy was the one who threw him off stage, then Randy caused that kid's death. It's that simple.

Whatever right someone has to defend themselves, it doesn't mean they suddenly have no responsibility for their actions. This was a preventable death, whichever way you cut it.


Well we can argue until we are blue in the face, in my opinion, the "responsibility for their actions" is for everybody, including the fan. His death was preventable; by the security, by the fan, perhaps even by the venue. That is my opinion and ultimately holds no legal significance. But given the evidence that we are presented (maybe the court has other evidence, I do not know) I just don't see it. If he's found guilty, then he's guilty, he will have to serve his sentence in Prague, and grow even more bitter than he already is. And if he's found not guilty, then he'll probably write a song about it and grow more bitter anyways.
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04.07.2012 - 17:25
Big-Al
This stuff could happen to band... sometimes does.
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05.07.2012 - 07:11
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06.07.2012 - 11:46
afu
You know.... 'ere's another useless opinion:

I don't have any sympathy for the fan. I feel sorry for his family and the world at large, because he was likely to identify a cure for cancer. However, it's pretty much a given that spectators watch and the band owns the stage. Shouldn't have been there in the first place.

Since dumbass repeatedly rushed the stage and Randy's push resulted in his death, it's possible that he has some liability. I'm not sure if the Czech Republic recognizes self-defense as meeting a threat with equal or lesser force, but if someone comes at a person and gets close enough to violate their personal space with dubious intent, I say they get what is coming to them.

It's like my Krav instructor used to say: "Always say 'I was in fear of my life'".
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06.07.2012 - 15:23
deadbraincells
Unfortunately, from what I can see, Randy is liable for this fan's death - you can argue all day about whether the fan should have been on stage, whether security should have dealt with him instead of Randy, etc. but the fact of the matter is that Randy shoved the fan off the stage, the fan hit his head, and died later from his injuries. Sounds like manslaughter to me.
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06.07.2012 - 15:51
jupitreas
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Given the facts that we have access to at this point, it is fairly obvious that Randy is liable for the fan's death.
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06.07.2012 - 16:15
Baz Anderson
Exactly. It doesn't matter what moral reasoning everyone argues, law is law... The fact is that serious injury/death was a potentially foreseeable consequence of his actions. The whole thing is very unfortunate though, for the fan and for the possible consequences this will have on future metal shows.
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06.07.2012 - 17:07
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