Czech news website Novinky reports that at a previous May 2010 show located at the Prague club Abaton, Blythe engaged in a fight with a fan. The fan later died of his injuries. Lamb Of God's show today in the Czech Republic has since been canceled following Blythe's arrest.
A representative for Lamb Of God told Loudwire they believe the singer has been wrongfully accused, and expect a full exoneration. (UPDATE 8:33pm ET: We have made contact with their representative and can corroborate this information.)
We have reached out to the band's management and will keep you updated with any further developments in the story. Let us know what you think of the situation in the comments below, and if you have any information or leads, you can contact our web department here.
Update June 29, 11:02am ET: Lamb of God's management has release the following statement:
“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 June 29, 12:04pm ET: The above mentioned Czech news site, Novinky, is reporting that under Czech law, Blythe could face five to ten years in prison.
Update June 29, 4:21pm ET: Metalsucks report a comment from Lamb of God guitarist Willie Adler. Read below:
“It’s been a rough couple of days. All I can say is that I can’t recall that particular show let alone a fan being beaten on the stage. I think I would’ve noticed something like that considering the Dime thing.
“We’re all still here in the Czech Republic awaiting what is to happen. We hope we’ll be able to get Randy out this afternoon. All our thoughts are with him as well as the family of the deceased fan. We’ve no real clue as to what happened to him, but we send our condolences. All we try to do is entertain; the fans are why we’re here. We would never try and harm anyone.”