Likening his incarceration to “a bad joke,” the manager for hard rockers Lamb of God told a Czechoslovakian paper on Wednesday that singer Randy Blythe should be allowed to leave jail after posting nearly $200,000 bail earlier this week.
Blythe was arrested last week in connection with a probe into the death of a fan at one of the band’s 2010 shows in the Czech Republic. He was slated to be released on Monday, but has reportedly been detained even after posting bail and is expected to remain behind bars until next week.
“Randy should be released immediately,” manager Larry Mazer told the Blesk newspaper in comments confirmed by the band’s publicist. “His lawyer told us so. In the U.S. he would have been — you post the bail and you’re free. Everybody [in the band] is shocked. It’s absurd. It seems like a bad joke — Randy did nothing wrong. He is innocent. Nobody contacted us in the last two years. My contact information is publicly available but I never heard from the family. We didn’t even hear from the concert organizer. Nobody called us.”
The Lamb of God 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 concertgoer’s death two years ago.
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.
In slow-motion video of the alleged incident posted by Czech Republic’s TV Nova, Blythe and what appears to be a security guard can be seen pushing the fan off the stage and back into the audience. 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.” Lamb of God canceled a show at the Rock Cafe in Prague Thursday after Blythe was brought in for questioning.
Mazer said the organizer of the show now claims that “the police contacted him three months after the boy died. I don’t understand why no one got in touch with us to let us know. He was in a coma and he died, and we never heard from anybody.” He added that despite posting bail earlier this week (on Tuesday, because the process took longer than anticipated), it’s possible Blythe could have to remain in jail for up to 20 days as investigators conduct their probe.
As for the video, Mazer said the clip shows someone jumping into the audience, but “it wasn’t Randy that pushed him. The security guard shoved him off the stage.” He also noted that nowhere in the brief video do you see the fan falling to the ground.
The band’s spokesperson offered no further comment at press time and a promised update on Blythe’s whereabouts due earlier in the week has not yet been issued.