Blythe at 2009's Optimus! Live
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Reports coming out of Prague today suggest that Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe was arrested on manslaughter charges stemming from an incident that occurred during a 2010 performance.
Metalsucks.net claims that there are Czechoslovakian reports detailing that the singer has been taken into custody by authorities in Prague, prior to the band’s headlining set with All Shall Perish and Skeletonwitch. The arrest stems from an incident that took place on May 24, 2010 where a fan allegedly jumped on stage and got into a physical exchange with Blythe. The fan in question later died from injuries sustained during the episode and Blythe is now reportedly being charged with manslaughter for his part.
The original report loosely translates to read the following:
“‘We have arrested singer… which was accused of a crime of bodily harm in the 4th paragraph, thus resulting in death,’ said Prague police spokeswoman news Kropáčová Eve with the fact that the police will [have] more things to say.”
A spokesman for the band stated that Blythe has been “wrongly accused,” that the band’s “lawyers are dealing with it,” and that “we expect him to be fully exonerated.”
Video of the May 24, 2010 altercation is readily available on YouTube. Earlier this Friday, the band’s official website tweeted “#FreeRandyBlythe” as well as releasing an official statement from their spokesperson which can be read in full here.
Blythe faces 5-10 years in prison if convicted. This story is currently developing.