Randy Blythe To Defend Himself In Court

Blythe, who fronts Lamb Of God, will defend himself in court, though the specific details of his defense are not elaborated.

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Following Randy Blythe's Czech arrest for manslaughter, the venue owner has allegedly admitted that the security and barricade at the venue where a fan died was not up to standard.

Now Classic Rock reports that Blythe, who fronts Lamb Of God, will defend himself in court, though the specific details of his defence are not elaborated.

Blythe has been blamed by prosecutors for the death of a fan who had been jumping on the stage, and allege that he threw him off the stage which caused a fatal a head injury.

"After a three month investigation, the prosecutor has decided to move forward with an indictment of Randy," said Lamb Of God manager Larry Mazer. "While it is a tragedy that a fan died following a performance by the group, in no way do I feel that Randy did anything improper that led to the young man's injuries and subsequent death."

Mazer said that the price of a ticket does not entitle the audience to jump on the stage, and that Randy dealt with the flurry of stage divers professionally.

"We have testimony from the venue operator that acknowledges lax security and an improper barricade being used that evening," Mazer added. "All that the band, myself, and our lawyers can do is to present a defence, and try to convince the judges who will hear the case that Randy is innocent of all charges."

The band have been auctioning off their equipment to help cover Blythe's legal fees. Next, they will return to Prague to face the legal system.

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    rip3149
    Good luck Randy. We're all pulling for ya!
    TJ1991
    Well it's a step forward that they've actually finally bothered to charge him with any form of crime. The fact he's innocent seems irrelevant to the authorities... Good luck Randy, this whole situation is beyond a joke.
    third(-)eye
    Randy, I have the deepest respect for the way you've been handling this situation up until now, but GET A DAMN LAWYER.
    MetalSlayerLADC
    i completely agree. that russian group pussy riot got acknowledged in headlines of most news stations and Randy Blythe is by far more famous than they are or have been
    J...Out
    Pussy riot got jailed for making a disturbance at a church. Blythe killed a kid. Big difference. Whether he intended to or not
    anvil is god
    I think he should own up. If he actually committed the crime, he should serve and it's good to see him putting himself out there.
    third(-)eye
    Why else would he be going? He's been at pains to point out over and over again that he is 100% convinced he's not liable, AND that he would even return to Czech to clear his name. He's THAT sure.
    TJ1991
    Or, he's completely innocent and is fighting to clear his name. Obviously.
    anvil is god
    Implying you know he is innocent.
    BudSlayer
    There is a video of it, it could have happened to any band playing a show that rowdy
    MikeBTE
    when you are performing in front of that many people and you're getting attacked by fans and all you're doing is defending yourself and trying to clear yourself of them to continue your set either it was actually randy who did it, or this kid, or the security gaurd. Yes he is innocent. Randy didn't wish harm or death on anyone. He was there to just play a show, he did just that. the kid was a causality in his own stupidity.
    anvil is god
    Manslaughter definition is accidentally causing a death but w/e
    Burnzyburns
    I hope "Blythe will defend himself in court" means something along the lines of 'he will plead not guilty and be cross-examined' and not 'going without a lawyer.'
    colster6000
    Yeah that was my reaction, only an idiot would defend themselves (meaning no lawyer), especially in a foreign country with a different legal system. Any legal system is just that, a system, and you gotta know how to work the system if you're gonna win!
    helltothee
    I can't help but think back to Dimebag the when a fan incident like this once happened
    ilovemySG
    I agree with the above posts. it really is sad that this isn't all over the news, social media, or even UG for that matter. This is absolutely insane. I saw LoG three weeks ago in NYC. Randy explained numerous times how happy he was to be home. This is so ****ed up
    AcdcTXfan
    Sorry to be a downer, but this is why concerts need more security and need to be controlled. Moshing and jumping off the stage is all fun until someone gets killed. Honestly, I'm surprised they even still allow it. Everyone knows it's not safe.
    BudSlayer
    Moshing is alot safer than jumping off a stage though, assuming you're not moshing with a bunch of *****s. Most of the time I see people elping each other up, it's common courtesy, no one wants to be the only person to catch a stage diver, and alot of people don't see it coming, hence the greater safety risk.
    zYx Monster xYz
    Moshing isnt that dangerous, it's the idiots in the crowd that make it dangerous. You cant ban idiots. What if someone trips over in the crowd, bangs their head and dies. Would you like standing to be banned aswell?
    AcdcTXfan
    Well then how do you stop the idiots from hurting others? You just don't allow it. Dave Grohl has kicked fans out of concerts to trying to mosh. I praise him for that. Just go to the show, get some beers, sing along, and have a good time. That's how concerts should be. I hope Randy gets off free. But he's also saying that fans jumping off the stage is just a part of their show, and Randy has been known to be aggressive towards these people. Maybe the "it's just part of the concert" excuse need to go away. Someone died because of it.
    zYx Monster xYz
    The fact is you cant stop idiots. They will always be there. But we shouldnt stop people having fun because of them. The Dave Grohl incident, was an idiot throwing punches. He deserved to get kicked out.
    AcdcTXfan
    What I mean is the fans jumping off the stage part shouldn't be part of the show.
    Crimson.King
    Good luck to Randy, but if I were being tried in a foreign country I would want a lawyer familiar with their legal system to represent me. There are too many cases of people in prison who believed their innocence alone would lead to a 'not-guilty' verdict. The legal system is a game and Randy would be a high school quarterback playing in the NFL.
    powachord
    yeah, it would be very risky for him defending himself in a foreign court of law. That being said, good luck to him.
    COBHC145
    If he actually takes the stand himself (I assume that's what this article is saying) it would be supremely awesome if he quoted the first part of Omerta.
    K!!LsWiTcH
    i thought the same thing as i read this but honestly it seems a little foolish.i really hope it works out for all of them especially randy. shame to hear they have to auction equipment to pay for this i mean theyre lamb of god it really tells you a lot about the industry unfortunately
    thes50
    During court all he has to do is show the footage of Dimebag getting shot, quote the venue owner saying that security wasn't up to standards and claim he was worried for his life and that it was self defense. That should be a very good start.
    qrEE
    See, this defense would likely land him in jail. Sorry to say, but if you go the "Dimebag died" route, all that's going to happen is that the court will have confirmation that Randy indeed killed him. I'm not saying he DID kill the kid, I'm saying "It was self defense!" is just like saying "I didn't MEAN to kill him!" - you don't say you didn't MEAN to, you say you DIDN'T kill him. Randy won't last very long if self-defense is his opener. If he says any excuse FOR that kid's death, other than, "wasn't me", he's going to end up in jail. Of course, if it WAS him, then he would have to bring up self-defense and security incompetence to lower his sentencing.
    xplosive59
    Why is this not on the news? If the same thing happened to, uh I don't know Drake(?), then this would be all over the place. Not because of fame, but because of how much of a mess this entire case has been from the start.
    MetalSlayerLADC
    yeah!! i completely agree. pussy riot got aknowladged by major news stations and seeing as the support and fanbase of randy blythe i expected atleast a minor story
    oftenbanned.
    Since when has lame ass Drake been publicly acknowledged anywhere else but MTV?
    Dude475
    Why didn't security do its job and kick him out the first time he jumped on stage? And didn't the fan did two years after this concert? I thought I read that here on ug... Anyway good luck randy I can't wait to see u December 11!!
    L.T Kickass
    If Randy had let Security do their job then maybe there wouldn't have been a problem.
    Chradamw
    If someone is so crazy that they attempt to break through security multiple times and finally get on stage, I don't really know what you would expect Blythe to do. We've seen from instances like Dimebag (God rest his soul) that some people are crazy.
    Foffity
    2 weeks I think you mean. If someone has a head injury, it ain't gonna last 2 years...
    lextexrex
    I'm pretty sure head injuries can last more than two years... (Chi Cheng) But yeah, it was 2 weeks later.
    tawalte2
    He does have a lawyer, as written in the article: "We have testimony from the venue operator that acknowledges lax security and an improper barricade being used that evening," Mazer added. "All that the band, myself, and our lawyers can do is to present a defence, and try to convince the judges who will hear the case that Randy is innocent of all charges."
    shreddymcshred
    Who's Mazer?
    Superperfex
    Even if you didn't know who he was before this article, you would know who he is if you READ the article and just read the comments instead. And honestly I think Randy will do a fine job defending himself. He is a smart cookie, he knows his case better than anyone else
    BlackDeath92
    He really ought to get himself a lawyer. It would be in his best interest. Either way, good luck Randy!
    PGilbert
    For all the fanboys, here's the video.
    You don't have to be a rocket scientist to see randy
    Dr. Knox666
    "Randy Blythe To Defend Himself In Court" My god that guy got balls. I hope it turns out well for him. GO FOR IT RANDY!
    Gortorek
    The czech authorities will be vindicated if they hold him from August 8th-August 12th. That way, BOA can get a real band to take leg of goat's place.
    PAsistem
    I love how any post pertaining to Randy Blythe being anything less than completely innocent gets downvoted.
    Redfinton22
    Before I get any downvotes, that last one was supposed to be in reply to shreddy not knowing who Mazer is... Anyways, even though all the facts prove to Randy's innocence, defending yourself in court is risky business...especially in a foreign country I would imagine. I wish him the best of luck with such a terrible situation.
    Logan_B
    I feel so sorry for Randy. There's more to this than simply blaming him for everything that led to the kid's death. For all LoG fans and music in general I really hope that Randy pulls through in the end!
    postmortem2006
    I love how everyone is bringing up the Dimebag Darrell thing in comparison to this. It's not the same thing in the goddamn slightest. Also, I've seen a lot of people saying that it was in 'self defense' - not it wasn't. As a security operator (or a bouncer/doorman to commonfolk) I've been thoroughly trained in risk assessment and the laws involving it, and having seen some of the footage, Randy was in no way under any perceived 'threat'. He was just being an *****, and it was an unprovoked assault that led to death - therefore it's manslaughter. Not difficult to get your head around. LoG fans, put away your fanboyism and look at the stark facts here. Randy should serve any sentence that's given to him - yeah, it was an 'accident' (or at least the death was, not sure about Randy's actions) but still, at the end of the day, it's manslaughter. Straight up and simple.
    PGilbert
    Finally, a great comment written NOT by a 14 year old fanboy with acne but someone who has thought about his opinion. Good post postmortem.
    latinromans
    Man if only Randy had tapped into his thorough understanding of professional risk assessment and liability legalize, I mean all he was doing was performing in a extremely high energy show with the knowledge that some his hero's have been shot to death by people coming onto stage doing the same job. I mean the guy had only been tossed off stage three times already, and if that's going to freak out musicians on stage then we mine as well pass a law allowing musicians to legally shoot anyone who looks at them in an unsettling way.