Lamb of God lead singer, Randy Blythe, has been ordered to be held in the Czech Republic after being found a flight risk. Blythe was arrested last week when the band landed near Prague during its current leg of their European tour. Blythe was charged with the 2010 death of a fan who was allegedly pushed from the stage by the singer. The man, who supposedly made numerous attempts to climb onto the stage while Lamb of God was performing, died 14 days after striking his head on the arena floor.
Blythe is being accused of overly aggressive behavior which resulted in the death of the 19 year old man.
“There may well be certain conditions placed upon [Blythe’s] release, such as staying in the Czech Republic, or the availability of a specific address,” stated the Czech judge at Blythe’s hearing. “If the conditions are violated, it could lead to an international arrest warrant being issued.”
As reported MSN Entertainment, Blythe was expected to be released upon posting a 4 million Czech Karuna bail (almost $200,000) Monday, but considerations of flight risks prevailed. The Lamb of God front man must now spend the next 10 days in a Prague prison until conditions of his release are determined.
The remainder of the band returned home to Virginia over the weekend.
The music world, specifically those in the metal scene, took to social media to voice their support of Blythe. Both Sebastian Bach and Slash took to twitter to rally support. Meanwhile, Disturbed’s lead singer, David Draiman said the following of Blythe on his Twitter account:
“He didn’t ‘slaughter’ anyone. The kid jumped on stage and started a brawl, and Randy defended himself. That his life was lost in the process is truly unfortunate, but Randy is my friend and he’s no murderer. I feel for the child and for the family and for Randy, but you have to understand that ever since Dimebag Darrell was assaulted, shot, and murdered on stage by a ‘fan,’ all of us have been very defensive/cautious of anyone jumping up on stage. I’m not saying that it’s OK, or justified, or anything like that, only that it’s an unfortunate/tragic set of circumstances. I know Randy’s intention was not to kill the kid.”
As referenced in the tweet by Draiman, former Pantera guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott was murdered while performing by a crazed fan in 2004.
As of now, Randy Blythe remains imprisoned at Prague’s Pankrac Remand Prison. If found guilty of manslaughter, Blythe could receive a five to ten year sentence in a Czech Republic prison. It is quite possible that after the current ten day holding period that Blythe may not be able to return to the United States until after his trial.