In his first official statement, Randy Blythe discusses his time in prison and being overwhelmed by the reaction and support from fans.
Posted on Aug 07, 2012 02:37 pm
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."