Randy Blythe Arrested For Manslaughter, Report Claims
Lamb of God singer Randy Blythe was detained in Prague this week. He could face 5-10 years in prison for an altercation at a 2010 show that allegedly left a fan dead.
Reports indicate the incident leading to the arrest of Blythe (full name D. Randall “Randy” Blythe) involved a man repeatedly rushing the stage from the crowd.
He was ejected from the stage and later died of head injuries, according to WTVR, the CBS News affiliate in Lamb of God’s hometown of Richmond, Virginia.
Lamb of God canceled a show at the Rock Cafe in Prague Thursday after the singer was brought in for questioning; reports differ as to what happened next.
Some sources say Blythe was arrested and charged with “the crime of bodily harm of 4th degree and resulting in the death of a fan.” The band’s rep denies this.
Randy’s brother, Mark Blythe, told WTVR that if manslaughter charge is actually filed, it is “bogus and outrageous and will be dropped immediately.”
The band tweeted the hashtag #FreeRandyBlythe late Thursday. Blythe deleted his once extremely active personal Twitter account earlier this summer.
Maria Ferrero, the Grammy-nominated band’s publicist, told MTV News that Lamb of God’s management will not comment in full until Monday. However:
“As no formal charges have yet been made and the case is only in the investigation stages, it would be premature to make an official statement filled with false truths or innuendos.”
“Having said that, management wished to address today one false piece of information that has been included in many of the news stories released so far.”
“Under no circumstances was there a fight of any kind involved. This incident deals with a fan that three times during the concert jumped the barricade and rushed Randy during the performance. It is alleged that the third time, security was not able to reach him and that Randy pushed him back into the audience where supposedly he fell and hit his head.”
“Again, until the investigation is concluded this weekend, nothing more will be released, but clarity and the facts needed to be addressed on this one reported point which is totally inaccurate.”