Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian has spoken out against the incarceration of Lamb Of God vocalist Randy Blythe. His statement, as well as several other metal heavyweights, including members of Slipknot and Asking Alexandria can be seen in the video below.
Blythe was arrested by Czech police at the Prague airport on Wednesday, June 27 and later charged with causing, “bodily harm of the fourth degree, resulting in the death of a fan.”
It is alleged that during a May 24, 2010 Lamb Of God concert, Blythe pushed a 19-year-old fan, who had climbed onstage, back into the audience. The fan lapsed into a coma and died of a bleeding in the brain several days later.
Speaking with Artisan News, Ian admitted his confusion over how the Czech Republic justice system worked but added that Blythe’s continued incarceration appeared to be a violation of his rights: “”I just don’t really understand a system that, basically, has already found him guilty without even him having a day in court, because they’re keeping him in jail. It’s insane to me that that’s allowed to happen.”
Like many, Ian can’t understand why the U.S. Government hasn’t yet intervened the situation. He stated: “And it’s really disturbing, also, the fact that the U.S. government doesn’t step in to help one of its citizens that’s being treated extremely unfairly in a foreign country. It’s pretty amazing to me that the government doesn’t step in and say, ‘Hey, motherfuckers. What’s going on?’”