Lamb Of God singer Randy Blythe has returned to the Czech Republic to face manslaughter charges, which he denies.
The charges stem from an incident in 2010 where a fan called Daniel Nosek died of head injuries sustained at a Lamb Of God show in Prague. Prosecutors allege that Blythe was responsible for throwing the fan from the stage, but he has sworn to defend his innocence.
In the local news_backup report below, Blythe has swapped his long hair for a smarter look. He avoided answering reporter's questions and only spoke to his lawyer, but wrote one short message to fans via the Instagram social network:
"And so it begins. I am calm and prepared," Randy wrote on his Instagram account. "Everyone, thanks for your good thoughts and prayers. Have a nice day, y'all!"
In court, Blythe reminded attendees that he had returned to court as promised: "I've kept my word. I said that I would come back to court today and I did. I do not shy away from responsibility. I'm not a person who runs away from problems. But I do not want to be punished for something I did not do."
According to Blabbermouth, he explained that fans are normally prohibited from jumping onto the stage, but at the Prague gig in question the security had been inadequate which resulted in a chaotic and accident-prone environment.
"The fan's death breaks my heart," said Blythe.
Daniel Nosek's parents are seeking the equivalent of $530,000 in compensation.
"I'm not rich, and if I had to pay for something, I would have to earn it first," said Blythe. Previous reports have suggested he earns around $200,000 per year, mostly via merchandise. The band have run several sales to help raise money to pay for his legal fees.
The case is expected to last one week, and will continue tomorrow where 12 witnesses from the gig will share their account of events that night.