By Josiah HughesToday (June 28), some shocking news has broke concerning Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe, who has reportedly been arrested in Prague on manslaughter charges.
Reports are hazy at this point, but Metal Sucks points to a Czech news report from Novinky.cz, who explain that Blythe was arrested over an incident that took place at a Lamb of God show in Prague on May 24, 2010.
In the alleged 2010 incident, a fan reportedly climbed up on stage and ended up getting in a physical altercation with Blythe. Later, the concertgoer in question succumbed to his or her injuries, according to the news report.
The recent Exclaim! cover stars were to headline a show tonight in Prague at the Rock Cafe with Skeletonwitch and All Shall Perish. However, Lamb of God have pulled out of the concert.
Metal Insider got in touch with Adrenaline PR, the company that manages Lamb of God, and were told that Blythe was "wrongfully accused," adding that "lawyers are dealing with it, and we expect him to be fully exonerated."
Stay tuned for more updates on the situation as they become available.
UPDATE: The Gauntlet point to a review on Czech blog Sicmaggot, who reviewed the show where the 2010 altercation occurred. A review reads: "At first Randy hit him a lot, then Randy jumped on him to hold him down while he continued singing. When the fan got up, Randy took him by the hair and threw down quite quickly. It was a good thing the fan was so dazed that he probably felt nothing. It took him a little while to realize what happened and as he struggled to get his breathe back."
UPDATE 2: Adrenaline PR has now released the updated statement about the incident:
Lamb of God management will be issuing an official statement on Monday regarding the charges made against singer Randy Blythe. As no formal charges have yet been made and the case is only in the investigation stages, it would be premature to make an official statement filled with false truths or innuendos.
Having said that, management wished to address today one false piece of information that has been included in many of the news stories released so far. Under no circumstances was there a fight of any kind involved. This incident deals with a fan that three times during the concert jumped the barricade and rushed Randy during the performance. It is alleged that the third time, security was not able to reach him and that Randy pushed him back into the audience where supposedly he fell and hit his head.
Again, until the investigation is concluded this weekend, nothing more will be released, but clarity and the facts needed to be addressed on this one reported point which is totally inaccurate.
UPDATE 3: Czech police spokeswoman Jana Rosslerova has told the Associated Press that a court is to determine on Saturday (June 30) whether to continue detaining Blythe.