Randy Blythe pleads not guilty as manslaughter trial begins

Lamb of God frontman faces charges related to 2010 incident

Randy Blythe pleads not guilty as manslaughter trial begins

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Lamb Of God singer Randy Blythe's manslaughter trial has begun in the Czech Republic.

The metal band's frontman is accused of causing injuries which led to the death of a fan during a gig in Prague in 2012. Blythe denies the charges and pleaded not guilty in court yesterday (February 4). He was originally arrested on June 27, 2012 at Prague airport over an incident that took place on May 24, 2010 at the band's show at Club Abaton in Prague. He then spent 38 days behind bars before being released on August 3.

Speaking to KROQ ahead of his trial, Blythe said: "I said that I would come back to court today and I did. I do not shy away from responsibility. I’m not a person who runs away from problems. But I do not want to be punished for something I did not do."

According to reports from the 2010 Prague concert, a fan jumped up onstage where a tussle ensued in which the fan, Daniel Nosek, was injured. The victim, who fell from the stage and hit his head on the venue's concrete floor, later died, reportedly as a result of those injuries.

Blythe's manager, Larry Mazer, said in a statement issued in 2012: "We believe that Randy responded professionally to the numerous amount of fans rushing the stage that day, a number of them captured on videos that have been posted on the internet.

“We have testimony from the venue operator that acknowledges lax security and an improper barricade being used that evening. Numerous testimonies from fans also were contradictory as to the actions of the multiple fans that tried to access the stage."

Previously, Blythe has claimed that he is "100 per cent innocent" of the charge and labelled the allegation as "ludicrous", in addition to criticising the US government for failing to warn him that he was going to be arrested. The singer faces up to 10 years in prison if found guilty.

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