I don’t know what it took, but he’s a free man again.
Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe has been released from a Prague prison after spending more than a month behind bars on manslaughter charges.
Blesk.cz reports Blythe hopped a flight to New York which is expected to touch down in the U.S. this afternoon.
As you well know, Blythe was arrested at the Prague airport on June 27, and accused of shoving a fan off the stage during Lamb of God show in 2010. The man reportedly suffered a brain hemorrhage and died nearly a month later.
“I can confirm that [Blythe] was released yesterday afternoon,” Gabriela Pohlová, a spokeswoman for the prison, said.
It seems the Prague Municipal Court ruled against the prosecutor’s latest request Thursday afternoon behind closed doors.
“The decision was reached yesterday at the end of a closed session,” 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],” she added.
Blythe’s Czech attorney Martin Radvan told Radio Prague that Blythe will have to return to the Czech Republic to face trial at some point.
“That’s what he wants to do,” Radvan said. “As a world-renowned artist, in a specific genre of music, of course, he cannot afford to simply disappear.”
It’s beyond fucked up Randy was detained for more than a month, as if he were already guilty. The Czech Republic has forever tarnished its reputation with metal fans, and there is no doubt in my mind Randy will do the right thing and see this thing through, until it is settled.
I feel bad for the kid that died, but honestly, it is no one’s fault other than his own that no one caught his stage-diving ass and he cracked his head on the floor.
Today’s a good day. I’m sure Randy’s thrilled to be on his way back. Think about it — as I write this, he’s on a plane, somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean. That’s rad.
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