Randy Blythe, the front-man of US metal band Lamb of God, has been charged over the death of a fan at a 2010 concert in Prague. He has said that he will return to the Czech Republic to defend himself at the trial.
Blythe is accused of pushing a fan off stage during the Prague show. The fan suffered a head injury and later died. The singer was charged with causing bodily harm resulting in death on Friday, reports the BBC.
Lamb of God manager Larry Mazer said that 41-year-old Blythe will “fight vigorously” against the charge. The court in Prague has three months to set a trial date or bump the case back down to prosecutors for further investigation. If convicted, Blythe faces five to 10 years in prison.
In a statement picked up by metal website The PRP, Mazer said:
“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.”
Mazer also said that Blythe “responded professionally” to the fans rushing the stage.
“We have testimony from the venue operator that acknowledges lax security and an improper barricade being used that evening,” he added.
Blythe spent five weeks in Czech custody before he was released on bail in August. He has since been in the US. He was arrested when the band flew into Prague to perform, and was unaware that an outstanding warrant in the country called for his arrest.
Do you think that Randy Blythe is responsible for the fan’s unfortunate death?