Lamb Of God‘s Randy Blythe has criticised the US government for failing to warn him that he would face arrest in the Czech Republic for alleged manslaughter.
The singer was originally arrested on June 27 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.
According to reports, a fan jumped up onstage where a tussle ensued in which the fan, known only as Daniel N, 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.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Blythe lashed out at the US Justice Department for not warning him about entering the Czech Republic and of the manslaughter charge.
He said: “The Czech authority sent a letter to the Justice Department, and our government told them basically where they can get off. They said, ‘No, we won’t cooperate’. I don’t know if the American government thought there was not enough basis for them to pursue an investigation.
“Regardless, what I’m a little bit steamed about is the fact that they didn’t have the courtesy to contact me – in any way, shape or form – and say, ‘Hey, you’re wanted for manslaughter in a foreign country’.”
The singer also feels aggrieved that more wasn’t done to help him while he was in prison, saying: “I certainly would have appreciated a little bit more concern on my part. I saw one person from the US Embassy. One. And they didn’t really do much for me. They were just like, ‘Are they torturing you?’ ‘No’. ‘OK, goodbye’. I didn’t hear anything from them.”
Blythe faces up to 10 years in prison if found guilty. Lamb Of God have been forced to cancel the rest of their tour as a result of Blythe’s arrest.