June 29, 2012


Lamb of God Frontman Arrested, Charged with Manslaughter

Martin Philbey
Martin Philbey

Randy Blythe, the lead singer of heavy metal band Lamb of God, was arrested in Prague on Thursday, June 28, and charged with manslaughter in relation to a 2010 incident, according to reports from the Czech Republic [via NME]. After arresting Blythe, Czech police announced they had "charged him with the crime of bodily harm of 4th degree and resulting in the death of the fan."

The fan in question was allegedly involved in an altercation during a 2010 Lamb of God concert in Prague, and reportedly sustained injuries that lead to his death. The band's management, however, strongly denies that report. "Under no circumstances was there a fight of any kind involved," reads an official statement. "This incident deals with a fan that three times during the [2010 Prague] concert jumped the barricade and rushed Randy [Blythe] 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." 

The official statement then calls the allegations "totally inaccurate."

The band's statement also says, "Until the investigation is concluded this weekend, nothing more will be released." A Czech court will look at the case on Saturday, June 30, and decide whether Blythe should remain in police custody.

A publicist for the metal outfit told a British media outlet that Blythe is "wrongfully accused... lawyers are dealing with it, and we expect him to be fully exonerated."

UPDATE: Blythe is still being held in a Prague prison as of July 3, 2012.