After spending more than a month in a Czech jail, Lamb of God singer Randy Blythe has returned to America. He just released an official statement responding to Czech authorities charging him with manslaughter in connection to a fan who allegedly died from injuries sustained at a 2010 Lamb of God concert in Prague.
Unlike some public figures who avoid trial by steering clear from the country charging them of a crime, Blythe assures everyone involved that he will face trial if the Czech government asks him to.
"If it is deemed necessary for me to do so, I WILL return to Prague to stand trial," Blythe wrote. "I will NOT hide in the United States, safe from extradition and possible prosecution."
In his statement, Blythe explains why he feels it is important to face his charges.
"While I consider the charge leveled against me ludicrous and without qualification, my opinion makes no difference in this matter. The charge exists, and for the family of this young man, questions remain… I once lost a child as well. I, unfortunately, am intimately familiar with what their pain is like. Therefore, I know all too well that in their time of grief, this family needs and deserves some real answers, not a media explosion followed by the accused killer of their son hiding like a coward thousands of miles away while they suffer."
Blythe follows that uncommonly admirable sentiment by stating his innocence in the matter, something many of his metal colleagues asserted while he was incommunicado in jail.
"I feel VERY STRONGLY that as an adult, it would be both irresponsible and immoral for me not to return to Prague if I am summoned. This is not about bail money. This is about a young man who lost his life. I will act with honor, and I will fight to clear my good name in this matter."
You can read the entirety of his powerful statement over here. It's hard not to marvel at Blythe's honest, no-bull approach to this entire situation.