I would just like to add: FUCK the U.S. Justice Dept, who were contacted by Czech authorities after the incident in 2010, saw the 'evidence' and thought there was no grounds for prosecution (duh) but NEVER MENTIONED IT TO THE BAND, LABEL, MANAGEMENT... Kil
On Monday Feds Knew But Didn't Warn Randy Blythe Of Manslaughter Charge was a top story. Here is the recap: Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe says that the U.S. government knew that he faced manslaughter charges in the Czech Republic but they didn't notify him.
Blythe was arrested when his band visited the country to play a concert. The arrest was over the death of a fan who suffered fatal injuries from stage diving at previous concert by the band in Czech Republic. Authorities contend Blythe had something to do with the injuries which caused the fan's death days after the concert, but fan filmed footage from the concert casts doubt on Blythe's involvement because it appears the head injury occurred after the fan attempted to jump on the stage and was pulled off by a member of the audience or security (it's unclear in the video).
Blythe did an interview with Rolling Stone and one of the questions they asked was "Did the Czech government try and contact you prior to the arrest?" He responded: "The Czech authority sent a letter to the Justice Department, and our government told them basically where they can get off. They said, "No, we won't cooperate." I don't know if the American government thought there was not enough basis for them to pursue an investigation. Regardless, what I'm a little bit steamed about is the fact that they didn't have the courtesy to contact me – in any way, shape or form – and say, 'Hey, you're wanted for manslaughter in a foreign country.'"
They then asked him, "Do you feel the U.S. government should have gotten involved in getting you released?" and he responded, "That's a sticky question, because the Czech legal system is different, and from what I understand, I was given due process. I was not imprisoned in America. That was the first thing that I had to realize and keep in mind – "We're playing by different rules here." I certainly would have appreciated a little bit more concern on my part. I saw one person from the [U.S.] Embassy. One. And they didn't really do much for me. They were just like, 'Are they torturing you?' 'No.' 'OK, goodbye.' I didn't hear anything from them."
There's new news in the case of Lamb of God frontman D. Randall Blythe, who spent 37 days in prison in the Czech Republic this past summer after being arrested due to his possible involvement in an accidental fan death in May 2010. He may be free and on tour in the U.S., but the case is unfortunately not closed.
The Czech news portal Novinky.cz reports that the State Attorney's Office in Prague, Czech Republic has officially indicted the singer on manslaughter charges as of Friday, Nov. 30. The court has three months to set a date for trial or to send the case out for further investigation.
Blythe is staring down a possible sentence of 5 to 10 years, with no time off, if convicted. He has said that he will return to Eastern Europe to face any charges and to clear his name.
The case made headlines in the summer when Blythe was arrested when he landed in the country while on tour. The singer was accused of causing a fan's death, after reportedly hurling him from the stage during a May 2010 concert. The fan suffered a brain injury and died almost a month later. Inconclusive video evidence from the show was circulated online after the arrest.
In an interview with a CBS affiliate upon his release, Blythe said, "I feel ethically responsible to go back there and face this charge. [The victim's] family right now is in a lot of pain, and they deserve some answers. To lose a child is the worst possible thing a human can go through, I think. I want my name cleared. I have to go around the world and tour, you know. That's what I do. I'm not going to hide here. I'm an innocent man. I'm going to go to court and see what happens."
Virginia band's singer faces charges following fan's death in Czech Republic
Although Lamb of God's representatives were initially hopeful that the case against member Randy Blythe would be dropped, the Virginia metal band's singer will now have to return to the Czech Republic to face an indictment on the charge of manslaughter with intent to cause bodily harm.
The accusation stems from an incident at a 2010 Prague show, in which a stage-diving fan was injured when Blythe allegedly pushed him back into the audience (although crowd-shot footage may suggest otherwise). Tragically, that attendee died about two weeks later, reportedly from head wounds sustained at the concert.
Blythe was arrested upon returning to the country in June of this year, and imprisoned for over a month before being released on bail. Throughout it all, he has remained impressively poised and optimistic, even as members of the deceased's own family have gone as far as to imply that the charges amount to a shakedown. Upon his release, Blythe vowed that he'd return to face trial if necessary.
After the official indictment came down today, Lamb of God's manager Larry Mazer released the following statement:
"After a three month investigation, the prosecutor in the Czech Republic has decided to move forward with an indictment of Randy Blythe on the charge of manslaughter with intent to cause bodily harm. Obviously, we intend to fight vigorously against these charges as we feel that in no way did Randy intend to cause bodily harm on the young fan who subsequently died from injuries sustained at the show. As he has stated previously, Randy intends to go to Prague to defend himself at trial.
While it is a tragedy that a Lamb of God fan died following a performance by the group, in no way do I feel that Randy did anything improper that led to the young man’s injuries and subsequent death. The price of a ticket to a show does not entitle audience members access to a band’s stage.
In the years since the murder on stage of Dimebag Darrell Abbott, performers of all genres have had to become more guarded while performing in response to the dangers presented by fans trying to become part of the performance. We believe that Randy responded professionally to the numerous amount of fans rushing the stage that day, a number of them captured on videos that have been posted on the internet.
We have testimony from the venue operator that acknowledges lax security and an improper barricade being used that evening. Numerous testimonies from fans also were contradictory as to the actions of the multiple fans that tried to access the stage. At this point, all that the band, myself, and our lawyers can do is to present a defense and try to convince the panel of judges who will hear the case that Randy is innocent of all charges and that his name and reputation need to be cleared and that he be permitted to carry on with his life and career always mindful that a fan passed away after a Lamb of God performance."
The State Department has offered a generic, form letter response to a fan-driven petition to make the White House aware of the plight of Lamb of God's Randy Blythe, who was imprisoned in the Czech Republic this summer and has since been indicted on manslaughter charges after the death of a fan at a show.
Blythe plans to return to the country to face the charges, all the while proclaiming his innocence. The State Department responds to petitions that garner over 25,000 signatures.
Below is the response:
"We appreciate your inquiry about the case of D. Randall Blythe, who was released from detention in the Czech Republic on August 3, 2012, and returned to the United States shortly thereafter. Mr. Blythe has publicly stated his intention to return to the Czech Republic to face trial for the alleged manslaughter of a Czech man at a concert in 2010. He recently told MTV, "It's the correct thing for me to do ... this poor young man's family deserves some answers."
Pending Mr. Blythe's trial, we cannot discuss the details of his case. We are closely monitoring the progress of his trial.
The Department of State noted in its 2011 Human Rights Report that in the Czech Republic,
"The laws provide for the right to a fair trial, and the independent judiciary generally enforced this right. We expect that the Czech government will make all efforts to ensure a fair, transparent, and timely trial for Mr. Blythe, and guarantee full protection of his legal rights under Czech law and his welfare."
If you would like to know more about what the Department of State does for U.S. citizens overseas, please visit our website at www.Travel.State.Gov. General information on U.S. human rights policy is available at www.HumanRights.gov.
Wow, shocked that this is still going on, especially after the video surfaced ages ago & the information coming out of him getting roughed up badly by the security guard AFTER the alleged incident that supposedly caused his death. In fact, he got up on stage at least 1 more time (that is documented) & possibly another time that wasn't videotaped. The fact that Blythe is going back to the Czech republic to face the charges when the time comes is extremely brave, & I have to respect that. I fear that the results won't be positive if the events leading up to the indictment are any indication though. Seems like his trial is going to be about as up & up as the Pussy Riot trial in Russia was. If a government is looking to make an example of someone, no amount of evidence or common sense will stop them.
PRAGUE — A court today acquitted the frontman of a U.S. heavy metal band of causing a teen-age fan's death at a concert in the Czech Republic.
Richmond, Va.-based Lamb of God's Randy Blythe was charged in December in Prague with causing bodily harm to another person with lethal consequences. Blythe was accused of pushing the 19-year-old who had climbed onto the stage during a 2010 concert at Prague's Abaton club.
The man hit the floor with his head and later died of a head injury.
“I have been found not guilty and acquitted of all charges against me," Blythe posted on Instagram. "I am a free man. "
Blythe, 42, was quoted by the AP as saying the victim was a fan of his band and he felt sorry for the loss of life.
"I had no wish to harm him. He was just a boy. I wish he was still here," Blythe said.
On Instagram, Blythe asked his followers to “remember the family of Daniel Nosek in your thoughts and prayers in this difficult time. I only wish for them peace. Thank you for your support."
Prague's Municipal court ruled that Blythe was not guilty because what he did was not a crime, court spokeswoman Marketa Puci said.
Blythe, who had pleaded not guilty, acknowledged he pushed the teenager because the band doesn't tolerate any fans on the stage but said he was not aware of any injuries.
In its ruling, the court said it was the concert's organizers who are to blame for the accident, Puci said.
The state prosecutors, who had demanded a five-year prison term for Blythe, said they will appeal the verdict.
Blythe was arrested in June when he returned to the Czech Republic for another gig, not realizing that he was being investigated in the Czech Republic. He was released five weeks later on $400,000 bail after a Prague court dismissed a prosecution request that Blythe be banned from leaving the country, fearing he wouldn't return for the trial.
The relatives of the fan, who are seeking compensation, were told by the court to file a separate case, Puci said.
AP video journalist Adam Pemble in Prague contributed to this story.