Lamb of God singer D. Randall “Randy” Blythe, 41, has appeared in a Czech courtroom on Saturday for a hearing connected to the death of a fan at one of the band’s shows in 2010.
The singer was arrested last week at the airport in Prague, where his Grammy-nominated band was scheduled to perform at the Czech Republic capital’s Rock Cafe.
Authorities charged him in connection with an alleged incident that resulted in a concert goer’s death two years ago.
Bail was set at 4 million Czech Koruna (approximately $200,000) in the case, in which Blythe has been charged with manslaughter in connection with a 2010 concert at Prague’s Club Abaton where he is alleged to have shoved a local fan from the stage. The man Czech media identified only as “Daniel N.” reportedly suffered a brain hemorrhage that left him comatose and resulted in his death 14 days afterward.
The singer was described as “timid as a lamb” during the hearing, during which he did not speak. Because the judge considers him a flight risk, he ordered Blythe held in the country until at least Monday.
At the time of the arrest, the band’s publicist, Maria Ferrero, issued a statement denying the allegations. “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,” she said in an email to the press, which promised a statement from the band’s management on Monday.
Ferrero went onto say about false accusation’s that have been printed since the incident: “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,” she continued. “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.”
GWAR frontman Oderus Urungus is one of a number of musicians who have come out in support of the LAMB OF GOD frontman.
In a series of tweets, Oderus wrote, “[I am] waiting anxiously to hear the fate of the human Randy. He is a honorary slave who has died for GWAR many times. [I am] alarmed by the lack of outrage in the entertainment community. If this was a pop artist, the media would be all over this. That’s right — I am fucking appalled at the LACK of concern in the U.S. media for the fate of Randy Blythe… Naw, just because Randy is in a nasty metal band, you can just throw his ass in jail anytime you want. The whole of music media should come the fuck out and condemn this arrest and detainment. This whole thing stinks of a shakedown. And for all you Blythe haters, eat a bowl of dick.
Blythe is facing five to 10 years in prison if convicted of the charge of “bodily harm of the 4th degree and resulting in the death of a fan.”