Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe has been acquitted in a Czech Republic court on charges that he caused the 2010 concert death of one of the band's fans.
The alleged incident took place in Prague on May 24 of 2010, wherein a fan got onstage and physically engaged Blythe. The man died later, and Blythe was held responsible, being accused of pushing Daniel Nosek, 19, from the stage. The man hit his head on the concrete floor and died from his injuries two weeks later. The Prague court charged him with manslaughter, or causing bodily harm to another person with lethal consequences.
The singer, who faced five years in prison if convicted, had traveled to Prague to fight the charges. True to form in modern media, Blythe announced the acquittal on Instagram.
"I have been found not guilty & acquitted of all charges against me. I am a free man," he said before asking fans to pray for Nosek's family. "I only wish for them peace. Thank you for your support."
The ordeal has been a long one for Blythe, who found himself spending five weeks in custody overseas before being released in August. In an interview with KROQ in July, Blythe shared his thoughts on the arrest:
“I don’t think the Czech police, or police in general have a pretty firm grasp on what a heavy metal show is like,” starts the singer. “There’s a lot of really questionable evidence about this young man’s injury. Regardless, I was charged with manslaughter.”
According to Blythe, the Czech police wrote to the U.S. government and notified them of the incident and that they were looking into the case. The U.S. allegedly failed to contact Blythe, much to the singer's misfortune. “That’s kind of a big oopsie,” he lamented.
On Tuesday, Blythe issued a statement explaining his plans to return to the Czech Republic to fight the charges:
"It would be absolutely intolerable for me to hide from this situation," he said. "I am an innocent man, but a family suffers the loss of a son, a fan of my band. That is what this whole thing is truly about, not prison, not money, not politics, not ME – it is about a young man who lost his life at just 19 years of age. He will never come back, & it breaks my heart."
He continued, "I would not be able to sleep at night knowing that I did not behave honorably & try to give his family some answers. That would be disgraceful, and I do not wish to dishonor myself or my family by acting in such a cowardly manner. I was raised to face my problems head on."
The situation may not be entirely over for Blythe, however, as the prosecutor in the case has appealed the verdict.