Randy Blythe: "I am a free man."
Some very big news in the rock world today as we have just learned that Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe has been acquitted of all manslaughter charges by a Czech Republic court.
Blythe was accused of pushing concert goer Daniel Nosek, 19, from the stage during a 2010 concert in Prague. The young man is said to have hit his head on the concrete floor as a result of the fall, dying of his injuries two weeks later.
The Prague court then charged Blythe with manslaughter, or more specifically, causing bodily harm to another person that led to lethal consequences. The singer was facing five years in prison if convicted and had been traveling to Prague to fight the charges since last June.
“I have been found not guilty & acquitted of all charges against me,” Blythe revealed via Instagram. “I am a free man.”
He then asked fans to pray for the victim’s family, adding: “I only wish peace for them. Thank you for your support.”
A spokesperson for the Czech courts confirmed the ruling to the Associated Press. The Czech media in particular had been covering the case closely.
Blythe was originally unaware of a warrant out for his arrest when he was initially detained last June while in Prague for a concert date. He then spent five weeks in custody before being released on bail in August and has been in the US since.
Blythe issued a statement earlier Tuesday explaining why he would return to the Czech Republic to fight the charges in person, rather than letting the proceedings play out without him.
"It would be absolutely intolerable for me to hide from this situation," he said. "I am an innocent man, but a family suffers the loss of a son, a fan of my band. That is what this whole thing is truly about, not prison, not money, not politics, not ME - it is about a young man who lost his life at just 19 years of age. He will never come back, & it breaks my heart."
He continued, "I would not be able to sleep at night knowing that I did not behave honorably & try to give his family some answers. That would be disgraceful, and I do not wish to dishonor myself or my family by acting in such a cowardly manner. I was raised to face my problems head on."
The prosecutor in the case has appealed the verdict.