LAMB OF GOD manager Larry Mazer spoke to RollingStone.com‘s Greg Prato about the arrest of the band’s singer, Randy Blythe, last week in the Czech Republic on suspicion of manslaughter.
Blythe, 41, is accused of causing the fatal injury that occurred at LAMB OF GOD‘s May 24, 2010 show in Prague. The singer allegedly either pushed or struck a 19-year-old fan named Daniel N. — a guitarist in a local metal band — and that person died almost a month later of bleeding in the brain.
Randy has been charged with causing “bodily harm of the fourth degree, resulting in the death of a fan” and faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
Blythe remains in detention at Pankrác Prison in Prague even after Mazer posted 4 million Czech Koruna bail (approximately $200,000), as set by the court last Saturday. But the bail system in the Czech Republic is not as rapid as in the U.S.
“We were told on Saturday that he had been approved by the judge for bail – $200,000 – and if we paid it, he would be released probably this morning,” Mazer told RollingStone.com on Tuesday (July 3). “We all went to bed thinking that he would be out. I had flights booked for him to come back. And then at 4 o’clock this morning — because they’re six hours ahead — I received a call from the lawyer in the Czech Republic telling us that the prosecution was challenging the bail, and because of that, he wouldn’t be released today.”
Although none of Blythe‘s bandmates recall the incident in question, “there are YouTube videos, which 100 percent show Randy‘s innocence,” Mazer says. “As a matter of fact, all of those videos have now been sent to our lawyer, and he’s presenting it to the judge tomorrow morning [July 4]. This case is so full of holes. Nobody reported an injury of any kind at the concert, or after the concert. It was at least an hour to two hours later, supposedly, when this kid went to a hospital.
“So that’s number one — why did nothing occur during the show? Number two, he had supposedly been in a coma for 30 days, but it wasn’t [until] a couple of months later that they contacted the promoter to ask his understanding of the events. He said the same thing — that the show went on fine, no nothing, no incidents. They told him that a person had been injured, which led to a death, which he had no knowledge of whatsoever. And then it went away. Two years go by, and Randy gets arrested.”
Regarding the aforementioned YouTube video, which can be seen below, Mazer tells RollingStone.com, “I got sent this video, which clearly shows a security guy sitting at the edge of the stage. This kid, by the way, climbed up on stage twice prior. The third time, he tried to climb up on stage, the security guard grabs him, throws him down the stage. You see him thrown on the floor. How does the prosecution in the Czech Republic do an investigation of this, charge Randy Blythe with manslaughter, when this video shows a security guy throwing the guy onto the floor?”