After spending more than two weeks in a Czech jail on manslaughter charges, Lamb of God singer Randy Blythe has finally broken his silence about the details of the case, denying that he had anything to do with a fan's tragic death after one of the band's concerts.
D. Randall "Randy" Blythe, 41, appeared in a Czech courtroom two weeks ago and posted nearly $200,000 in bail in the case, but has not yet been released. He was arrested on June 27 at the airport in Prague in connection with the death of the fan at one of the band's shows in 2010.
"I don't know anything about any sort of incident [that allegedly took place during the concert]. I remember very few details about the show, mainly because I have played a lot of concerts [before and after the gig in question]," Blythe told the Blesk tabloid in a talk translated by the Blabbermouth website whose authenticity was confirmed by the band's reps. "I just remember that the stage at the club was very small, and we barely managed to fit our equipment on there. Also, apparently there was a security guard there because many people climbed onto the stage -- including one small boy, in particular, but I could be mixing up details with what happened at other clubs."
Blythe explained that since he doesn't wear his glasses while performing, all he sees is "blurry outlines" when looking out into the audience. "In any case, I did not attack anyone," he said. "The only way I could have come into contact with anyone from the audience was if I was protecting myself from [people bumping into me when climbing on the stage]."
While his band mates have set up a legal support fund to raise money for his defense, Blythe said he's spending his time in jail reading and writing letters to friends and family as well as keeping a diary. He's getting along well with his cellmate and is working on a book about his time in the Pankrac prison, while also working on new lyrics.
Though he praised the work of police investigators, Blythe said he's a bit confounded by the Czech legal system. "In terms of justice, I honestly do not know what to expect because it is different than the U.S. I thought that if I made bail, I would be released," he said.
While it's unknown when he will be released, Blythe said his plans upon returning to the U.S. include mowing the lawn at his home, spending time with family and getting right back on the stage with his band and performing so he can pay his legal fees. "If I had to stay in the Czech Republic, I would look at the sights, especially in Prague," he said. "I would follow Kafka's footprints and I would eat dumplings." Blythe faces a charge of causing "bodily harm of the fourth degree, resulting in the death of a fan," which carries a prison sentence of up to 10 years. His next court date is on Thursday, where a panel of judges will reportedly meet to review the prosecutor's bail challenge, at which point the judges can approve or deny the singer bail.
Authorities charge that at a 2010 concert at Prague's Club Abaton Blythe allegedly 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. Blythe's representatives have denied the charges and he's received support from a number of his cohorts in the metal community , including Slash and Sebastian Bach.
On Tuesday, a Prague Municipal court reportedly dismissed the State Attorney's complaint against releasing Blythe, but doubled his bail to nearly $400,000, a figure the singer has previously said is nearly double his annual income.