Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe has been released from prison today (August 3) after spending 38 days behind bars in the Czech Republic.
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.
According to reports, a fan jumped up onstage where a tussle ensued in which the fan, known only as Daniel N, was injured. N, 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, who reportedly boarded a plane back to the United States at lunchtime today, has been charged with manslaughter and will have to return to face the accusations at a later date. He was released after posting bail of eight million korun or $400,000 (£250,000).
Speaking about the decision to release Blythe, Martina Lhotáková, spokeswoman for Prague’s Municipal Court, said: “The only condition of release was the approximately 8 million Czech Koruna bail [which has already been paid].”
Blythe’s appearance is described in local reports as “thin” and “very tired” and he is still reportedly wearing the clothes he was arrested in over 38 days ago.
The singer’s lawyer Martin Radvan has said that Blythe is fully committed to returning to face the charges as “he believes he is not guilty”. Radvan said: “As a world-renowned artist, in a specific genre of music, of course, he cannot afford to simply disappear. If he wants to continue performing, he will have to return. And he wants to return because he believes he is not guilty of anything he has been charged with.”
Earlier this month (July 18), Blythe spoke for the first time since his arrest. He said that he couldn’t remember the incident that had led to his arrest and only recalled a few scratchy details about the night in question.
Asked about the incident, he said: “I don’t know anything about any sort of incident [that allegedly took place during the concert]. I remember very few details about the show, mainly because I have played a lot of concerts [before and after the gig in question].”
He continued: “I just remember that the stage at the club was very small, and we barely managed to fit our equipment on there. Also, apparently there was a security guard there because many people climbed onto the stage – including one small boy, in particular, but I could be mixing up details with what happened at other clubs.”
Blythe then denied that he had attacked anyone and said that during any such incident he would have been merely protecting himself. He added: “In any case, I did not attack anyone. The only way I could have come into contact with anyone from the audience was if I was protecting myself from [people bumping into me when climbing on the stage].”
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.