According to Czech news site Blesk.cz, Lamb Of God vocalist Randy Blythe has been released on bail after appearing in court today for a hearing in connection to the death of a fan more than two years ago. Video footage of the hearing can be seen below.
Blythe, who was represented by two lawyers at the hearing, was released on a 4 million Czech Koruna bail (approximately $200,000). As most banks are closed on weekends, Blythe will be remanded into custody until Monday (July 2) when he can make the payment.
Blythe was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter by Czech police at the Prague airport on Wednesday (27 June). It is alleged that during a May 24, 2010 Lamb Of God concert, Blythe pushed a 19-year-old fan named Daniel, who had climbed onstage, back into the audience; causing him to suffer head injuries that led to his death two weeks later.
WTVR-TV claims that Czech online news site, Aktualne.cz, has published statements from a witness who alleges that the fan wasn’t using drugs or alcohol and fell back directly on his head. The victim lapsed into a coma and died of a bleeding in the brain fourteen days later.
Yesterday, Lamb Of God’s publicity firm Adrenaline PR issued a statement regarding Blythe’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.”
In an earlier remark, Adrenaline PR reported that Blythe had been, “wrongfully accused,” and that, “lawyers are dealing with it, and we expect him to be fully exonerated.”
Stay tuned for further details.
Photo’s of Blythe’s court appearance can be seen by clicking here.