Blythe: Official Statement On Manslaughter Case

In his first official statement, Randy Blythe discusses his time in prison and being overwhelmed by the reaction and support from fans.

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Randy Blythe has released a lengthy official statement after being released from jail last Friday (August 3).

The letter discusses his time in jail and his reaction to learning about the outpour of public support upon his release, before once again protesting his innocence.

Blythe says he knew very little about how his case was being viewed outside the Czech Republic:

"I had minimal knowledge of how my case was viewed anywhere but the Czech Republic. I was told by my attorney that I had a lot support from peers in the music industry, my hometown, fans, and of course my family. I cannot express how emotional it made me upon my release to read about even a fraction of the voices that were raised on my behalf. From legends in my music community, to fans across the world, and even people who were previously unaware of my existence but sympathized with my plight - I am truly humbled. I cannot thank you enough for your thoughts and prayers."

He adds that the support in his hometown of Richmond , VA, has been overwhelming: "Many people I have never met before have stopped me on the street, waved and smiled as I passed by, or said hello in a restaurant. All have said 'We are glad you are home, Randy'. You all make me proud and grateful that I call Richmond home."

Although he makes it clear that he received no special treatment in prison and lived among the general population, he says the guards and other inmates treated him fairly: "I had food, clothes, shelter, and no one was trying to kill me. I cannot complain over a short stay in prison while many people elsewhere fight to survive on a daily basis."

Finally, Blythe swear he will return to Prague to stand trial, even though he could easily choose to stay in the US safe from extradition and prosecution:

"As I write this, the family of a fan of my band suffers through the indescribably tragic loss of their child. They have to deal with constantly varying media reports about the circumstances surrounding his death.

"While I consider the charge leveled against me ludicrous and without qualification, my opinion makes no difference in this matter. The charge exists, and for the family of this young man, questions remain. The worst possible pain remains.

"It is fairly common knowledge amongst fans of my band that I once lost a child as well. I, unfortunately, am intimately familiar with what their pain is like. Therefore, I know all too well that in their time of grief, this family needs and deserves some real answers, not a media explosion followed by the accused killer of their son hiding like a coward thousands of miles away while they suffer.

"This is not about bail money. This is about a young man who lost his life. I will act with honor, and I will fight to clear my good name in this matter. Thank you for reading this, and I wish you all peace."

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    mallement
    Randy is a good man, I admire and respect him even more then before. Stay true Randy
    KilleyeWill
    Feel bad for the kid and for Randy. Where the hell were the security or police when he made it on the stage a reported three times. Seems like the concerts staff is just as incompetent as they put Randy out to be. I got to give it to Randy though. I would have a hard time leaving America for a while if I got back. Hope he wins. Love LOG.
    Haleee182
    fede01_8 wrote: why nobody say anything about the boy that died in the concert, why nobody show symphaty for his family. He's not the first person that climb the stage. He was sober and unarmed and he was pushed to his dead yet Randy is the coolest and nicest person in the world...
    You, sir, are stupid.
    patrickmarkd
    Wow Randy is amazing, what a hero. Such respect for this guy. hope everything goes well
    Schofey
    I've been a fan of Lamb Of God for years, but never have I had more respect for Randy than I have right now. The human race could do with a few more dudes like him. Couldn't be happier that he's back home with his family.
    bassthunder
    Face R1pper wrote: Can't believe this american prick is getting so much respect after blatantly putting one of his fans in a coma, are you people insane? He should be ****ing crucified.
    There's exactly 0 evidence that he actually did that, you twatsicle.
    Superperfex
    Cardbored wrote: Superperfex wrote: A statement like that is more than enough evidence for me. Evidence that he's a cool ****ing guy? I'd say so too.
    That's what I meant. I don't understand why everyone negged me for saying that.
    Cardbored
    Superperfex wrote: A statement like that is more than enough evidence for me.
    Evidence that he's a cool ****ing guy? I'd say so too.
    satansnachos
    This seems like it's going to be one of those "ozzy pissing on the Alamo" moments. We all know this will blow over, and LoG will return to the CR in like a decade or so and f'n ROCK the place. Welcome home Randy
    Slaytan666
    I still find it odd that I haven't heard of the security guard in question getting locked up, seeing as how he was the one that did all the pushing.
    Minivirus2
    Tyler.Allain wrote: So he said that hes continuing hold that he is innocent, and that he can empathize with the family of the deceased fan. Yes, he even did it quite eloquently. However, that doesn't change that whether or not he is innocent is still under dispute, should be determined in a court of law, and if he is found to be guilty of manslaughter or otherwise contributing to the fans death he should serve his time. I find the reverence for this man coming from many places is blind and comes from a respect for him as a musician not from fact surrounding the incident in question.
    I think the huge amount of respect people are expressing towards Randy are due to: a) The fact that he's willing going to return to face trail b) He was wrongfully detained for over a month and c) He was extorted to the tune of $400K I don't read to many comments saying he clearly innocent or that he should never go back to the CR. I respect the man for coming away from this with sympathy for the family involved and without being verbally offensive, because any fan knows how verbally offensive Randy can get.
    millercat
    that's a stand-up guy right there. Takes a lot of courage to face the music (no pun intended) when you really don't have to, and he's doing it with the victims family in mind. Shine on, you crazy diamond!
    Revocati0n
    I don't know how I would've handled this situation... good on Randy for not taking it badly.
    Eifler121
    There's a point where you need to protect yourself, regardless of things like honor or dignity. They can find a way to prove he pushed the guy, there's not really a way he can prove his innocence.
    nnb
    fede01_8 wrote: why nobody say anything about the boy that died in the concert, why nobody show symphaty for his family. He's not the first person that climb the stage. He was sober and unarmed and he was pushed to his dead yet Randy is the coolest and nicest person in the world...
    I know some over me addressed this but... Why you no read?
    6-String_Madman
    fede01_8 wrote: why nobody say anything about the boy that died in the concert, why nobody show symphaty for his family. He's not the first person that climb the stage. He was sober and unarmed and he was pushed to his dead yet Randy is the coolest and nicest person in the world...
    Ignorance kills, dude.
    oxymorcide
    Seems like he's playing hero now. Sure is great publicity. He`s not going to take the fall though.
    Minivirus2
    fede01_8 wrote: why nobody say anything about the boy that died in the concert, why nobody show symphaty for his family. He's not the first person that climb the stage. He was sober and unarmed and he was pushed to his dead yet Randy is the coolest and nicest person in the world...
    If you took the time to READ the article, rather than skipping over that and crying foul, YOU'D realize that RANDY is being sympathetic towards the family and in doing so commited to going back the the CR to face trail. See, I can use bold html too!
    JD2k9
    Never really been a fan of Lamb of God, but Randy is such an awesome guy judging by this. If I was in his position I'd just be like "prison was shit".
    Minivirus2
    pokerhappy wrote: >people calling a manslaughterer an awesome guy and humble What... Anyone who's going to claim that he's obviously a good guy just because he's going back to stand trial is a moron. It proves nothing, because if he doesn't, his career is over. Then you get your lawyer to write up a really nice sounding speech and everything is in your favor. Actually, I take back what I said about his career being over, this guy's idiotic fans will blindly support him no matter what.
    Clearly, a conservative with the mind that your guilty until proven innocent.
    Finnferno
    It's statements like this that really make you stop and think "Damn, maybe he would make a good president." true words
    noahi9
    Welcome home, Randy! It's so great to have you back in America.
    kmcharger21
    I've gained a whole new respect for this man. Don't like his music but respect him to hell and back.
    The Cunce
    Whoever appeals to the law against his fellow man is either a fool or a coward. Whoever cannot take care of themselves without that law is both. For a wounded man shall say to his assailant, 'If I live, I will kill you. If I die, You are forgiven.' Such is the rule of honour.
    ali.guitarkid7
    pokerhappy wrote: >people calling a manslaughterer an awesome guy and humble What... Anyone who's going to claim that he's obviously a good guy just because he's going back to stand trial is a moron. It proves nothing, because if he doesn't, his career is over. Then you get your lawyer to write up a really nice sounding speech and everything is in your favor. Actually, I take back what I said about his career being over, this guy's idiotic fans will blindly support him no matter what.
    First off, isn't 'manslaughter' just a technical term for 'accidental murder'? So, if he did in fact kill someone, he didn't do it on purpose. So why should this single event decide what type of person he is? A human capable of error? ORF WITH HIS HEAD! Second, it's very possible that he could be found guilty. It's also possible he'll be absolved of this ****tarded accusation and be able to return home without being harassed further. He doesn't know the outcome, but he's still going there for the trial. That alone tells you that he's a decent, sensible human capable of empathy. Third, he hasn't used his celebrity status to influence the outcome. He did his time in jail, made bail then went home and STILL wants to return and clear his name and put the kid's family's minds at ease. Finally, so what if his fans support him no matter what? His fans think he's innocent, so they defend his name. What's the problem with that? If you believe someone to be wrongly accused of something that would probably ruin him for good, wouldn't you try to help him in even the most minuscule of ways? P.S. you're an idiot.
    ali.guitarkid7
    I'm not a huge LoG fan (I like their music, I just don't know a lot about them) but I always thought they were one of the most respectable musicians out there. I don't think I'd have even gone back to Czech for a trial, but he wants to clear his name and not put the kid's family in further pain and so big ups to him. This letter alone, his decision to return to CR, should be proof enough of his innocence and I have such high regard for the guy. And now I feel like listening to LoG, haha.
    led_sevenfold
    pokerhappy wrote: >people calling a manslaughterer an awesome guy and humble What... Anyone who's going to claim that he's obviously a good guy just because he's going back to stand trial is a moron. It proves nothing, because if he doesn't, his career is over. Then you get your lawyer to write up a really nice sounding speech and everything is in your favor. Actually, I take back what I said about his career being over, this guy's idiotic fans will blindly support him no matter what.
    Wow im sorry your idiot brother fell off the stage at a log concert 2 years ago...
    guitar7masta
    Minivirus2 wrote: It's statements like this that really make you stop and think "Damn, maybe he would make a good president." Well spoken, heartfelt, and one who stands for justice.
    I've got respect for the guy as it stands, but I'm sorry what does this have to do with him being the leader of a country?
    rattleurhead
    There's so many stupid comments here I don't even know which to scrutinize... But, like everyone's been saying, much respect for Randy. Amazing band, amazing singer, amazing person
    Tyler.Allain
    So he said that hes continuing hold that he is innocent, and that he can empathize with the family of the deceased fan. Yes, he even did it quite eloquently. However, that doesn't change that whether or not he is innocent is still under dispute, should be determined in a court of law, and if he is found to be guilty of manslaughter or otherwise contributing to the fans death he should serve his time. I find the reverence for this man coming from many places is blind and comes from a respect for him as a musician not from fact surrounding the incident in question.
    devonsdad
    Welcome back Randy, I must say that your empathy and sympathy for the young man's family is indeed a welcome change from the shit going on today. Much respect for you in my eyes. Going back to stand trial is the right thing to do for you and his family. I hope the truth wins out and everyone can move on. Heavy Metal \m/ rules.
    sideslick
    I've never really cared for Lamb of God as a band. I can understand how they are great musicians, but I just don't care for most of their music, as I could say for the Beatles or Hendrix. They are both excellent beyond what can be written in a comment. That being said, even if I don't care for their music, Randy comes off as a guy I'd gladly sit and have a beer with if the opportunity arose... And I'm a Mormon (except for those god-damn profanities.)! That says a lot to my respect for this wonderful man. Welcome back Randy! We missed you!
    Jimmyboba
    Superperfex wrote: A statement like that is more than enough evidence for me.
    You're right. A statement not only stating his intent to stand trial to prove his innocence but also a deep and heartfelt apology to the family of the kid is DEFINITELY the evidence that disproves all the video evidence that shows that Randy had little to no physical interaction with the kid. Way to go Master Detective.
    goingnowhere21
    pokerhappy wrote: >people calling a manslaughterer an awesome guy and humble What... Anyone who's going to claim that he's obviously a good guy just because he's going back to stand trial is a moron. It proves nothing, because if he doesn't, his career is over. Then you get your lawyer to write up a really nice sounding speech and everything is in your favor. Actually, I take back what I said about his career being over, this guy's idiotic fans will blindly support him no matter what.
    I think "blindly support him no matter what" is a bit of an overstatement. Fans will support the bands they like to hear through hard times. That's just what we do. Their music is what makes us feel that way. If you don't get feelings like that from music people make, then you're probably on the wrong website, so quit trolling.
    grimhood
    This thread is being lynched by so many comments from stupid religious fundamentalists!!! Go f**k yourselves! 88!!
    pokerhappy
    >people calling a manslaughterer an awesome guy and humble What... Anyone who's going to claim that he's obviously a good guy just because he's going back to stand trial is a moron. It proves nothing, because if he doesn't, his career is over. Then you get your lawyer to write up a really nice sounding speech and everything is in your favor. Actually, I take back what I said about his career being over, this guy's idiotic fans will blindly support him no matter what.
    goingnowhere21
    Just because you're a metal star doesn't mean you have to be a shitty role model and person. I can't say enough how great it is to see humble people in the metal community that live their lives this way and have this approach toward life.
    pokerhappy
    ali.guitarkid7 wrote: He doesn't know the outcome, but he's still going there for the trial. That alone tells you that he's a decent, sensible human capable of empathy. Third, he hasn't used his celebrity status to influence the outcome. He did his time in jail, made bail then went home and STILL wants to return and clear his name and put the kid's family's minds at ease.
    This is the exact kind of idiocy I'm talking about. If he doesn't go back to his trial, he's very well done with music forever, unless LoG fans are bigger *****s than anyone could have expected. The fact that he's going back to the trial proves nothing about what he's like as a human being, and every sympathetic, pleasant remark could very easily be engineered by a lawyer.
    ali.guitarkid7 wrote: So why should this single event decide what type of person he is? A human capable of error?
    Saying "oops, sorry, I didn't mean to accidentally kill that person" never makes it okay. This is why manslaughter is still a crime, despite the fact that it may have been an accident.
    ibanez124
    Ometh wrote: I don't care if he ws released or not but can this mean the end of LOG? Please, pretty please? We need less shitty metalcore.
    Wait . . . I'm confused, are we talking about the same band?
    Steyr9001
    Not the biggest LoG fan in the world (by no means do I dislike them, I'd planned on seeing them with Gojira and Dethklok in September), but this statement really takes my respect for this guy to a whole new level. Slightly more off topic, I wish anyone who would challenge the decency and humanity of metal musicians/fans could see things like this. I think he's made an entire culture proud to have him as a prominent part of it.
    Abacus11
    Before reading this I thought Randy was kind of a tool. After reading this I have to say I have a ton of respect for him. I've always kinda liked Lamb of God. I don't LOVE them... I think they're a pretty decent metal band but I'm not what you'd call a big fan. After reading Randy's statement I actually want to listen to some of LOG's stuff and give them another chance.
    Superperfex
    RC52190 wrote: Superperfex wrote: Cardbored wrote: Superperfex wrote: A statement like that is more than enough evidence for me. Evidence that he's a cool ****ing guy? I'd say so too. That's what I meant. I don't understand why everyone negged me for saying that. Wow. Everyone is literally retarded. I immediately knew what you meant, but everyone else seemed to take it the exact opposite way. lol
    Reading comprehension for the win, brother.